* I have some catching up to do. If you are a loyal follower of this blog, I offer my deepest apologies for not having posted for the last 10 weeks. See, about that time, I took on a new adventure of being a full-time substitute for an amazing high school social studies teacher who was on maternity leave. Clearly, some things had to go just to keep up with everything between school, our family, my photography, and my part-time work with our church. There just weren’t enough hours in the day to continue everything, so blog-posting was one that had to go on the back burner. However, I kept writing. It’s one of those things that I find I simply can’t not do. It just happens. So while I wasn’t posting, I was still writing. It’s time now to catch up. Thank you for sticking with me! 🙂 Here’s “Baseball Cheers & Tears” from May 21, 2015.
Summer is nearly upon us and the summer ball season has already begun. Four kids playing on four different teams in two different towns has us set up for quite the adventure!
Ben’s team had their first practice last Wednesday afternoon. The announcement of this activity brought on cheers of excitement from everyone at home. Ben was SO EXCITED to play baseball again and we were all excited for him! We suited up and headed in to practice. A precious classmate of his met him with an excited, “Hi, Ben!” and it was all over. Tears quickly flooded our sweet boy’s face. We still don’t know if he was startled by his friend’s greeting, if something else scared him at the same time, or perhaps something completely unrelated occurred simultaneously. The world may never know. All we know is that our boy’s excitement quickly turned to frustration.
Please don’t think for a moment that his friend shouldn’t have said hello. Not at all. Spontaneous interactions with others is one of the best things we can do with and for Ben. Social situations and communications are two of the most difficult situations for many spectrum kids to conquer, so the more opportunities we can give Ben to practice these skills, the better. It may not always be pretty, but I can promise you this: if you can stick it out through the struggles, the smiles, giggles, laughter, and hugs shared among friends more than makes up for the tears and frustrations.