Memorial Day – The Big Team

Four Grandsons
Four Grandsons

Baseball may not be as popular today as it was in the 1950’s when it was called America’s Past Time, but it still draws a lot of little people.  I have four grandsons playing baseball this year, ages 3-15.  Yeah, 3!  Can you believe that?  In Ankeny, Iowa 3-4 year olds start out with “Blast Ball”, hitting a whiffle ball off a tee and running to first base 20 feet away.

Regardless of what level they’re playing, or what sport/activity for that matter, I am proud of them for participating in something other than TV or video games.  There are valuable life-lessons learned in team sports/activities, like: doing your best, rewards for hard work, trying your hardest, you’re playing for the team, working together towards a common goal, respecting your opponent, and playing by the rules. These lessons are reinforced at every level of play.

These life lessons are also exemplified by those we honor on Memorial Day; i.e. those who served on the Big Team, the greatest team of all time — the USA.  I’m proud of what these lads are learning today that will help form their own feelings of pride for the Big Team.

Thought for the Day:  Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.                                                                                                                              Alexander the Great



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