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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Daniel's First Homecoming Date

I attended my 12 year old's, Daniel, first homecoming event last night and had to realize that my "precious" little boy is not little anymore.

Daniel stayed with me a lot when he was small. His brother Jacob played baseball when Daniel was small and unlike the other kids his age who were busy running or playing in the sand, Daniel was always glued to the baseball fence watching the game. He would hold his glove in his hand and imitate whichever player he was that night and do it exactly like that person.
Daniel couldn't hear very well when he was small and didn't start talking until he was almost 4. And even then it would be one or two word phrases. On Sunday's after dinner, he would play ball and slide on every base. My daughter would yell at him to stop that because he was going to ruin his church clothes and he would reply, "Got to" and keep on sliding.LOL
He stayed with me while my daughter worked and every morning after breakfast he would come in the kitchen with his bat and glove and say, "Gam, ball"? So we went and I sat in a chair and threw the ball to him while he hit them. I was smart enough to use rubber balls so he didn't kill me with one of his big hits.LOL When it got hot I had to come in and he never fussed, he would just look at me and say, "Cooler"? And I would tell him yes we would come out when it got cooler and he would smile. And when it got late evening, we went through the same ritual and played until he couldn't see the ball. Daniel still loves baseball and he is really good at it. Everyone who watches him play just says, "WOW, where did he come from". And I tell them I tought him every thing he knows.LOL Here's Daniel with one of his game winning catches on first base.
Daniel was always full of life. Nothing bothered him, he just wanted to have fun. So when he was michevious, they would tell him he was mean. I looked at him and told him, "You aren't mean, you're precious." So after that every time someone told him he was so mean, his eyes would light up and he would grin and and say, "No, I'm precious. My gam said so" That has become our won phrase. To this day when they ride him about being so bad, he grins and says , "No, I'm precious", and I just look at them and shake my head yes.
Then one day I turned my head and Daniel wasn't small anymore. Heis now a fine young man. As I watched him walk around the gym with a girl on his arm and a proud look on his face, all I could hear was, "Gam, ball?" And I thought to myself, if we could just keep them small for just a little while longer. But that doesn't happen so we just have to watch them grow and trust God to watch after them because we can't always be there anymore. I am so very proud of Daniel and all my kids for the people they have turned out to be.

11 comments:

Trish-Ladybug said...
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Trish-Ladybug said...

Such a wonderful post...so enjoy
reading posts like yours...
Thanks for sharing ...:-)
Blessings

michelle said...

Oh Valerie I just love this post!He is just Precious.My middle daughter Jasmine whos 13 didnt want to go to her first dance this year,she doesnt like to get all dressed up.she will go to all the sock hops though.boy I was bummed.but there will be more.funny thing is shes such a girlie girl.loves to cheerlead and tumble but is a sweatpants kinda girl(must get it from her momma lol)they do grow fast dont they.have a great day and thanks for the beautiful post.blessings michelle

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Wonderfully sweet!!! It is those precious little moments that will last forever in the heart!!! hugs

yorkie's primitives said...

Ya, they all grow up but we still have the memories of their childhood, Valerie

frommyhearprimitives said...

Enjoyed your story very much......I've got a few years before mine are going to dances and I'm looking forward to it.
The top pic of him is "Precious" and he's one good looking boy now...think you got a heart breaker on your hands.....

Angie Berry said...

Oh goodness Valerie! This post brought tears to my eyes! They do grow up so very fast. Sounds like Daniel is a sweet kid and good looking too!

yorkie's primitives said...

Thanks girls. I think he's cute too but then again I'm not prejudice or anything.LOL

Firecracker Kid said...

Aww, what a precious story Valerie. He looks a lil nervous in the first photo, but then the second he looks like gam is telling him how precious he is.
Hugs~Carol

yorkie's primitives said...

Thanks Carol, Valerie

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

Oh how precious! I have tears in my eyes!