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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Kent Bush: It's all about bats and birthdays

  • There is nothing like watching your son play baseball.

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  • Maybe you only need a bent bat
    There is nothing like watching your son play baseball.
    Every time he rips a ball into the outfield, you feel like Father of the Year. Each strikeout makes you wonder how you failed to raise him right.
    I think you can watch how ridiculous a Little League baseball game makes grown men act and realize the truth of that statement.
    Earlier this week, my son’s team had a baseball practice. When he finished hitting, I wanted to give him a couple of pointers and asked him to hand me his bat. He pointed the head of the bat at me and I realized he had been using a bat shaped like a banana. I don’t know how long this has been going on.
    The odd thing is, he hit the ball as well as ever with the crooked stick.
    We went to the sporting goods store before his first game to make sure the bent bat wasn’t to blame for any problems.
    We found a great bat on sale – which made it even better.
    And when he got to that game Tuesday night he was ready to do some damage.
    But this isn’t Hollywood, unfortunately. He struck out twice and was on deck when the game came to an end.
    He hit some foul balls and swung the new stick pretty well.
    Sometimes you strike out.
    He may have closed his eyes. The pitching machine may have been inconsistent. Either way, that new bat was not a cure all – as much as his dad hoped it would be.
    Like art critic Robert Hughes said, the quality of the work isn’t always dependent on the quality of the tools.
     
    “A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop,” Hughes said.
    With a little more hard work and concentration, the hits will come. Those tools never bend.
    The big day is finally here
    I don’t know if anyone has looked forward to a birthday more than my adopted son, Dawit. He will be 5 on Saturday.
    He had never seen birthdays through an American filter. Impoverished people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia don’t invite friends over and cake and ice cream.
    Orphans in Addis Ababa don’t tend to have the world revolve around them – not even for a day.
    When Dawit saw how birthdays work here, he immediately became a fan.
    He will finally have that party this weekend. His birth mother had two requests when we talked to her before leaving the country. She wanted him to have a chance to become a doctor and she wanted him to be in a big family and see them often.
    Page 2 of 2 - At last report, we expect to have about a dozen cousins coming from all over Oklahoma to enjoy a day full of Thomas the Tank Engine birthday party fun. No one loves his cousins and family more than Dawit and they can’t wait to help him celebrate his first birthday as an American citizen.
    Whether he will become a doctor is still too distant on the horizon. But he will have every opportunity we are able to provide.
    Dawit was three when we first saw photos of him and knew he would one day be a part of our lives. At his fifth birthday, he is continuing to master his third language and loving his new life.
    The big day is finally here. I can’t wait to see his eyes when they bring out the Thomas the Tank Engine cake and a big bouncy house for all of his cousins to play in.
    Hopefully, it lives up to all of the huge expectations he has built up around the event.
    Hopefully, it is the first of many of his dreams that will soon come true.
     
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