Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Expressions

When you live in the middle of nowhere, you quickly learn that one of the only sources of entertainment available to you is watching the sporting events of small children.

The unfortunate reality of rural areas is that the population is plummeting. Fewer people are farming these days, and that means that collecting enough kids for a team is proving to be a difficult feat. As a result, my daughter's t-ball team travels to play teams that are 60, 80, and even 140 miles away.

That's a lot of miles to drive to watch a seven-year-old hit a ball off of a tee and scratch holes in the outfield with the toe of her shoe.

But it's one of the sacrifices we make in order to raise our children in the country.

Besides, it's all worthwhile when I look at the expressions on her face.

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The anticipation. . .

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The agony of watching a teammate drop the ball. . .

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I'm not sure how to define this one. Either her nose was dripping or she saw a boy. Either way, she's a bit disgusted, but that quickly faded as she raced toward home.

I don't have a picture of that expression; she jumped into my arms just after crossing the home plate. It was worth the trip.

8 comments:

Andrea said...

LOL!! I love that last one!! I can't believe she is playing ball in a jacket!! It was 90 here today. I wish I could send you some of my warm air!!

jane said...

Great photos!
You've created a wonderful life for your family.

Ann from Montana said...

Great catch of expressions!

Anonymous said...

She looked like she was having a blast out there.. Love the photos..

Sandy

Jenny said...

The middle one: I think I have a picture of me playing catcher with pretty much the same expression! LOL!

Rural schools are fading, I'm sad to say. Right now almost 3/4 of our students are from town, and with fuel prices, who knows if we are going to keep alot of them. Eventually they will just close our school and send us to town as well...

Angie said...

I grew up in Geyser and have fond memories of traveling all the way to your neck of the woods to play ball when I was young. I will always treasure the memories made with friends from all those far away places! Hope your kids will feel the same way years from now!

Suz said...

Priceless pictures!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

We play the same two teams over and over. Feel you pain. She looks like she is serious about it. Nothing is better than watching them play.

Debbi

 
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