Costa Rica Sandlot
These kiddos share gloves. They play with one ball (the one we happened to bring from Texas). They use tennis balls and wiffle balls to practice. They wear sandals. And yet, the air is filled with smiles and laughter that would fill your heart.
We've been on Christmas Holiday, so it's been about 5 week since our last game. Will hasn't seen the team and out of the blue came this conversation:
Will, "Mom, the guys on my team pushed me". Mom, "I'm sorry, buddy". Will, "Not like that, MOM. They pushed me to the front of the line. They were telling me (in Spanish) they wanted me to get a hot dog before everyone else because they are big and I'm little." Mom's Heart... EXPLODING.
Special thanks to Beach Community Church for the snacks and hot dog donation.
Will may be the only non-local player. Will may also be the youngest player. Will is, however, NOT seen as 'different'. They treat him as an equal and see past the yucky stuff. This baseball team has shown us what kindness, caring, compassion and pure joy is. I dream that one day I will find the words to express to these kiddos just how much they mean to our family, to our world. And it's giving me the drive to practice conversational Spanish. Oy!
Life is beautiful, friends. Don't forget to witness the little miracles all around you each and every day. It's something as simple as a smile that just might change your entire perspective... your entire life.