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Letting My All-Star Kid Be Himself

He may not have been the best baseball player, but he was exactly where he was supposed to be.


Our son Andy’s team was leading by one run in the next-to-the-last inning of the city Little League championship game when the other team’s left-handed slugger came up to the plate. He took his stance aggressively, ready to knock the ball out of the park.

Oh, boy, I thought, here we go.

I glanced Andy’s way anxiously. I couldn’t believe it! He was standing out in right field, gazing up at the sky. “Why is he goofing off now?” I groaned to my wife. “The guy’s going to hit it right to him.”

“Relax,” Mary said. “He’ll be fine. It’s just a game.”

The pitcher delivered to the plate, but Andy was still staring heavenward. I hope he’s praying, I thought as I heard the crack of the bat.

It was a groundout to first. “Yes!” I shouted, relieved that Andy hadn’t embarrassed himself—or me, his backyard coach.

When the inning ended, Andy ran up to us, breathless. I was about to launch into my you’ve-got-to-keep-your-head-in-the-game speech, when he exclaimed, “Dad, did you see that shooting star? I thought it was going to crash into the mountains, but then it just disappeared. It was awesome!”

As he raced off to join his teammates in the dugout, Mary and I smiled at each other. Maybe I was the one who needed to pay more attention. She was right. In the bigger game, Andy was going to do just fine. After all, he had caught a falling star.

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