Sunday, May 4, 2008
It has been a rather quiet week around here except for the blessing of having grandkids in the home. Jensen calls me “Papi” every time I walk into the room. He also has a nickname for Tracy. He calls her “Baggy.” Tracy has quite warmed up to her nick name the same way I have to mine. It is so delightful to have the kids around. Jensen has figured out how to operate the drink dispenser on the refridge and so we will find puddles of water around the kitchen at times. After a few minutes of silence in the house was all start asking, “Where is Jensen?” or more accurately “What kind of trouble is Jensen getting into?” A few example would be – pouring his own bath in our tub, giving himself a makeover with Tracy’s makeup, playing with the sewing pins, emptying the cupboards of pots and pans, taste testing and pouring out the little jars of spices, climbing on the pool table and dancing with the billiard balls, and creative play with a truck and Lily’s face (this one drew blood). I can’t wait to find out the other imaginative things he will do this next week. Bless Danica’s heart.
It was a good week at work and I made a few good sales. The temple provided a wonderful spiritual break in the middle of the week. Mom took me shopping yesterday and I wore some of the new clothes to church today and people actually complimented me on how I looked. I told them that my wife dressed me this morning. I didn’t have to spend $600 on car repairs either this week. Danica found a neat house here in Highlands Ranch and made an offer to buy it. All in all a very nice and average week.
I read this story on the internet yesterday and thought it was such a great example of people rejecting the world’s measure of success and digging deep to do what they know is right. It reminds me of the work you are doing and I wanted to share it:
Opponents carry injured home-run hitter around bases
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.
But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.
She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.
Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count - an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.
Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky.
The umpire said there was no rule against it.
So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky's legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.
"We started laughing when we touched second base," Holtman said. "I said, 'I wonder what this must look like to other people."'
"We didn't know that she was a senior or that this was her first home run," Wallace said Wednesday. "That makes the story more touching than it was. We just wanted to help her."
Holtman said she and Wallace weren't thinking about the playoff spot, and didn't consider the gesture something others wouldn't do.
As the trio reached home plate, Tucholsky said, the entire Western Oregon team was in tears.
Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran, called the act of sportsmanship "unbelievable."
Her home run sent Western Oregon to a 4-2 victory, ending Central Washington's chances of winning the conference and advancing to the playoffs.
"In the end, it is not about winning and losing so much," Holtman said. "It was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain, and she deserved a home run."