Today is Katelyn's first day of her softball team's practice. Well, that's not entirely true. It is the first day that Katelyn will be attending. We signed her up two days ago and yesterday, she was assigned to the team Pink Jaguars.
This will be her second year playing the sport. She has height to her advantage and a rocket for an arm. It has been neat for the past two days to go out to the greenbelt in our apartment community and toss the ball back and forth with her. I love watching her try to pick the ball up off the ground with her mit (it isn't broken in yet, so it's hard for her to do so). Throwing back and forth with her brings back memories of my short career as a child playing softball and it makes me even happier knowing my daughter is entering the sport so young.
To see my daughter's face light up at the prospect of playing softball brings on the warm and fuzies. I love it that she wants to be an active participant in a team sport.
As parents, all we ever want is the best for our children. We want them to explore this world and have fun doing so. I try and teach both of my kids that they can be whatever they want to be, they just need to put the work in to get there.
This is part of the reason why realizing my dream of being a published author is so prevalent. Katelyn has watched me pound away at my keyboard, or heard me talking about my book. For her, she sees the hard work I put into something I wanted, and how I'm rewarded in the end.