Looking Up

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 23rd Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2vdbsxqp/
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I'm flattered to be Author of the Day again so soon -- I was just honored in February, so I certainly didn't expect it again so soon. (I'm not dying, am I?) Maybe it's unloading so much baggage, but from the bleachers right now, things are looking up.

Up late again

Monday night / Tuesday morning, I was up too late / too early putting finishing touches on a totally self-indulgent article. No surprise when I woke up this morning and it was still in the queue to be reviewed. I was sure the moderators were drawing straws to see who had to read another session of my kibitzing. Steve Kinsman drew that short straw and did give me a star and a lovely note to boot. Things like that do mean so much to me -- the note -- the affirmation.

But going to bed late/early and getting up is not the best for a homeschooling parent who needs patience. I still woke before my young student -- hours before. We didn't get to history today. But we did do a double science. We are in the home stretch of home school and just cranking out what we can, as we can. Now we make it work in three two hour sessions a day. Between each, he has one hour to goof and play. During the school sessions, he'll answer a question and then run a lap around the living room and kitchen while the page loads. But whatever works, right? Whatever gets it done -- I don't care.

In this, we are not unlike other homeschooling parents or brick and mortar teachers and schoolkids. The weather is warming, we can feel summer. We're ready for school to be out.

Article number 120 under my belt to show for my sleep deprivation -- not a bad way to start a Tuesday.

Baseball

I'm still not a fan of my son's coaches, but I'm making friends of the other parents. It turns out one of them is someone I have taught with -- she hadn't been able to get off work for the practices, but she's been at the games. I didn't realize we had sons close in age. Her husband was one of the dads I fussed about in a previous article. We've met before, but were re-introduced. Now that we know each other, he bothers me less. Of course, with all the rain, we also haven't had a practice since the day of the scrimmage, which probably helps. Things are said about parents who yell obnoxious things during the games. And those things are said by umpires. And those things might include "YOU'RE OUT!" So men know not to annoy the umps.

Another mom and I realized we went to the same high school and graduated the same year. What a small world. A third mom and I just hit it off. We've exchanged numbers and plan to be regular house guests of each other. Tonight, I handed my phone to a fourth, open to my contact page. I had written her son's name, apostrophe S, and "Mom" for the contact name. I told her my son wanted to play with hers when school was out and they weren't busy with baseball. She laughed, and typed in her number.

On my phone, I have a note with all the player's last names as I've talked to parents or listened for coaches to call them out. Now that the boys are all in jerseys, I'm adding their jersey numbers to my list. When the inevitable parent -- up to and including my mother -- asks who's at bat or who's on second ("No What's on Second, Who's on First"), I can tell them with some authority now. I also wrote all the game times down on a corner of the multi-page schedule and took a picture of it. Yes, I also have the dates entered into my calendar, but when someone needs the schedule, I can text the picture to them and it's all in one place. It may not work for everybody, but I don't hear anyone complaining, either.

My son's team has won every game (all three) so far. Tonight, my son got upgraded from 12 to 11 in the batting line-up, and from left field (behind third base) to right (behind first). He still gets stomachaches before the games. His cleats hurt his feet. His compression shorts shrunk in the wash -- he swears they did. He wants to quit. He doesn't want to go to the game. The coaches are rude and they don't teach and they don't understand. However, once he gets out on the field among the other players, he is happy to be there. He would be happy as the bat boy or the water boy. He just wants to be part of things. He is as happy in the dugout spitting sunflower seeds at his fellow teammates as he would be if he hit a home run. That's my kid.

In the Bleachers

I'm doing OK in the bleachers. Tonight was a bit of a nail biter because my son's team was playing against our new friend and neighbor's team. But the neighbor-boy came and wished my son luck before the game, and my husband and I cheered for both sides. And I texted his mom sitting by herself on home's side from my seat on the guest's side, saying "Hi" and wishing her son luck. Then we waved across the field to each other. My parents and most of my siblings have also been at the games, and my son loves seeing them. I am a little overwhelmed -- do I stay with my family or my new friends? I try to mix it up with both. And it's paying off. I'm not a disgruntled homeschooling helicopter parent. I'm a person with a name that people care about. I care about their kids having fun, and they care about mine. We have talked about the coaches and I have gleaned a lot from their experience. We agree that this was a hard team to just start out with, because the coaches expect so much previous knowledge. Feeling understood -- not feeling alone -- it's just about the best feeling in the world, I think.

Several parents were grumbling about the lateness of the hour -- understandable, given that our games start at 7:45PM and go an hour and a half. I smile to myself, since my son can sleep in and theirs can't. Apparently, this was being discussed in the dugout as well. My son's teammate said he had to be up at 5:30 the next morning. My son just smiled while my husband explained that we did school online. My husband tells me our son looked quite like the cat that swallowed the canary. No one even mentioned that, as homeschoolers, we get to count baseball practice and games as PE OR Supplemental Learning. It is certainly both. My son may not have learned all the lessons about BASEBALL I wanted him to learn, but he's learned a lot about people, promises, and himself. And those are important things to learn about at his age. They are lessons that don't lessen with time, either. So I'm glad they count as school.

On Wikinut

And then, as my family and I were discussing some finer point of baseball (and Words With Friends), I went to Wikinut because I knew I'd posted in a previous article about what each half on an inning was called (it's a frame). But earlier I'd mistaken which field was right and which was left, complicated by my son's switcheroo, and so I went looking for the answer I knew I'd looked up before (cue song). Wikinut wouldn't load my page for me, but it did show me a front page with the Author of the Day. I thought it was a glitch -- because it was ME!

So after the game -- and a great after-game dinner and ice cream with my son at the fast food joint -- I tucked him into bed and fired up the old laptop. If it's a glitch, it's the same glitch running on all my devices. A published article, a kind word, my smiling kid, the approach of summer, settling in to a new home with less stuff, and Author of the Day again -- no matter how you slice it, tonight I'm looking up! (Maybe because of the pop flies, maybe tomorrow will return me to Dumpsville -- but today I'm gonna smile.)

Comments and Credits

Today I referred to several other articles I've previously written on the topic of my son's baseball experience. You can catch them here, here, or here.

You can find the article I wrote yesterday on moving and different kinds of baggage here. Go here to see a list of all my articles on Wikinut. If you're new, sign up and one day, you could be Author of the Day -- maybe even twice in a year!

If this lighthearted piece made you smile, I hope you'll LEAVE A COMMENT. If you prefer my kibitzing, don't worry. Baseball practice resumes Thursday. Speaking of that --we found out that the older coach I didn't know (the decent teacher, but the one I was mad at for yelling at the kids) is our all-but-a-teen coach's 50 year-old father. Knowing this, I could be three helicopter moms and this father could not say one word, seeing as how he won't get off the field (when he's around) and I haven't stepped onto it. It does explain a lot about the attitude and behavior of our young coach. I haven't had a private or public word with any of them since the rude text message I was sent the day of the first game, but still -- I think they know. Maybe they secretly read my work here on Wikinut -- or maybe one of you knows one of them and has put a bug in an appropriate ear (I do share my articles on FB, and it is a pretty tight-knit town here, but no one will admit to anything -- yet / except for me who tells much...). Even if they didn't know I was writing about THEM, or could plausibly deny that I was -- maybe someone passed down something so that they are trying harder. Whatever it is -- thanks. It's working out and I appreciate you -- even if it's nothing more than positive vibes you've been sending my way.

Credits go to everyone who has clicked on my pages, the mods who've made it possible by publishing my work, morgueFile and YouTube for having just the right thing without me having to make it, and to my son. I don't mean to embarrass him by writing about him. I hope he knows how proud I am of him. And all that sappy stuff, too.

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Author Of The Day, Baseball, Parenting, Phyl Campbell, Wikinut, Writing, Youth Sports

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you so much for the quick mod and star, Mr. Johnnydod! I appreciate you!

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author avatar Carol
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Well done Phyl, I am sure you deserve to be recognised again.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Gee, thanks, Carol! I hope so!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

So glad things are looking up for you, Phyl. I hope they continue down a positive path.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Connie!!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting piece.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, GV. I liked yours as well.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Phyl, every the busy lady - don't know how you find the time to write as well.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Peter! I don't know either -- which is why my books have failed to write themselves!!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Good evening, Phyl, congrats twice over :) Keep writing and it may just happen for the third time. Good job. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Grant Peterson
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

In 'olde' England our summer game was cricket but lose sight of the ball and the same will happen. Homeschooling is a brave thing to do, my wishes are with you.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Marilyn -- I wasn't expecting it for the second time. I have no thoughts towards a third honor. There are a lot of great writers here!

Grant -- thanks! I don't think what I am doing with homeschooling is as brave as those who create their own curriculum. This is online with a teacher and curriculum provided by the state via the internet. I do the same thing I was doing when my son was in "regular" school -- but now I have all day to do it instead of just after school! I really ought to learn cricket. I'm afraid there's no one here to make a team. Bocce, yes. But not so much cricket or rugby. Soccer is growing, though, so maybe cricket isn't too far behind!

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Apr 2014 (#)

Happy to see that you are making friends and that your son enjoys being on the team and is making friends as well - even if he's not sure before the game - and yes you deserve to be author of the day again. I too was surprised to be chosen twice in a short period of time. Blessings.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Apr 2014 (#)

Well, if I'm in your company, Kingwell, then I must be doing something right. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Best to you!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting read.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks, Randhir.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2014 (#)

Happy for you Phyl that things are looking up. Yes, the coaches should be happy that they are getting publicity through your writings and just happy about that! Children always enjoy their moments once they are immersed in them, the worrying part is for adults!

Regarding baseball and cricket, my mind goes back thirty years to Indonesia when we had a cricket match and the American school principal was trying to make sense of the game we were playing. Cricket test matches last five days and there was a rest day in between too during earlier days! siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva!

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th May 2014 (#)

Well catch the ball when it is falling down but not not while looking up and getting hit due to velocity. I would avoid the ball if it direct on the fact as my life is more precious than the game.
You look up for the ball, I will sit back and entertain the crowd at half time and show them what Super Bowl is, what other performances are etc. Got anything more to say Phyl?? From Base Camp that is before the Bell Rings???

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author avatar Retired
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

You deserved the 'author of the day.''
An interesting write up.
Thanks

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks, hotnicey! I appreciate it!

And Lady A -- so sorry to have missed your comment. It happened. I don't have a good excuse. I can say it was not an intentional oversight, and I am glad you left a comment. Thanks.

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