They’re Five, Not 49ers! Wait…That’s Football…

 

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Oh how I wish this sign was at our baseball field this evening!

Before I became a Mother, I figured organized sports were a wonderful idea.  They’re a great way to help teach kids about teamwork and they keep kids active too.  However after having been exposed to several sports groups in town, I find myself wondering if they’re really such a good idea.

My Son has been involved with T-Ball over the past two summers.  He absolutely loves it!  The program which was offered by the town wasn’t exactly organized sports, but more so an exposure to sports through play.  Unfortunately, the program has changed and the sports for children under the age of eight were cut out, so I enrolled him into the Baseball Association.  This evening was the very first practice and by da jumpins…it was quite overwhelming!

The parents.  Wow.  You’d think that there were professional baseball scouts watching!  I can understand Moms and Dads encouraging their kids to do their best, but to get upset because little Johnny had four turns hitting the ball while little JoJo only had three is a bit much. It’s the first day for crying out loud!

This type of behavior is not just limited to baseball. I have seen parents bring stopwatches to hockey and keep track of how long their child is on the ice. God forbid if their child was on the ice 20 seconds less than the other child. Apparently, that is good reason to insult the coaches and start World War III. I don’t want to be around such pettiness and I don’t want my child exposed to that either.

I half dread when the children play their first organized game. I can just imagine half the parents freaking out when their kids runs to third instead of first! They need to understand that this is an exposure to baseball, not the major leagues.

There should be a special viewing area for these parents – in a dugout WAY on the other side of the field!

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The Tragedy in Moncton New Brunswick

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First off, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts over the past week or so.  My Husband was home for a visit and family life got very busy.

On June 4th, the small town of Moncton NB was turned upside down as a gunman shot and killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others.  Police have identified the suspect, but I will not be posting his name nor his picture.  In my opinion, people like this do not deserve to be recognized.  They do not deserve titles.  They do not deserve TV time.  They deserve nothing.  Currently, the search is still ongoing for this guy and I pray that police find him and ensure he serves justice for what he has done. (UPDATE : He has been arrested!!!)

My heart goes out to the victims, their families and friends.  I cannot imagine saying goodbye to my Spouse as he leaves for work…never to come home.  I pray that the families find comfort in the memories they have of their loved ones and peace in the countless prayers that surround them from all over the world at this time.

Call me naïve, call me whatever you want…but I just can’t believe something like this has happened in one of the Atlantic provinces.  This is the sort of thing that happens “somewhere else”.  I know that violent acts can happen anywhere, but you never really think they can happen near you.  I just can’t understand what pushes someone to commit such a horrific act.  We all have things which make us angry.  We all have things which make us passionate.  We all go through rough times.  Never in my life, even at the worst of times, have I ever considered murdering a bunch of people to get past anger or pain.  It takes a very sick mind to do such a thing.  I will never understand it and I never want to understand it.  You don’t make innocent people suffer all because you are going through something.

I’ve been considering homeschooling my kids ever since my Son was born.  I’m sure that some of my family and friends think I’m crazy, but I don’t mind what others think.  If you have to ask yourself why I am considering such a thing, just read the news.  I have JUST read  that today, there was another mass shooting that took place in Seattle which has left one dead and three injured.  Thankfully, the suspect has been caught.  Never in my life did I ever think that mass shootings would be a common occurrence, but apparently they are.  If something like that can happen in Moncton, I know it could easily happen here.  I would not survive if I sent my children to school and something like that happened.

Please take the time to remember the three RCMP officers who went to work and did not return home.  Hug your children close.

I know there is nothing I can do to help, but I did do this tonight…

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