I’ve loved watching Lizzie play Tee Ball this year (Liam thinks he is part of the team also since he has designated himself the ‘pitcher’ by putting a new ball on the Tee when it is the next person’s time to bat). I didn’t start my own children in Tee Ball — so it has been a learning experience for me – and like watching a great Keystone Cops movie! However, the recent heat wave has taken its toll on my little comedians – which makes it even crazier to watch.
At the beginning of this young team’s season (which lasts the entire month of June and July – one game each weekend – a grueling schedule for four-year-olds!) – there was a lot of tackling going on whenever a ball was thrown on the field. Yes – this is a form of baseball – but when you are dealing with little guys who ALL want the ball – it turns into Rugby. Children dive on the ball, cover it with their oversized baseball gloves and yell excitedly as they realize they have a ‘prize’ which they get to throw back to the parents on the sidelines.
Now, fast forward to the heat and humidity of late July — temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit with a heat index of 110! The same team, standing in the field waiting for those balls to come their way – sweat running down their little cheeks, staining their black t-shirts and making their hair damp under their ball caps. As the balls come to them, they all look at each other and with just a look and a shrug of shoulders seem to say — “oh, it’s okay — you can get that one. I’ll wait until it’s cooler out here.” or “Here comes another one, I’ll let someone else have it — it’s too hot to bend over for that one.”
Instead of a Rugby/Tee Ball game being played by the Keystone Cops, we now have a slow motion movie picture starring a bunch of tree sloths! Oh well — although no score is kept in Tee Ball – but I think this season the tree sloths win – but next year the Keystone Cops will be back – at least until the next heat wave hits!