Several Sundays ago I posted a photo of my son playing his first T-ball game for the Simple Things post. I was optimistic that it was going to be a great first season, but to be honest, it’s been a little bit of a struggle. Maybe we’ve just been too eager to get him started in baseball this early; he is only four. He has loved balls since he was a baby (his first word was even “ball”) and since then he’s seemed to have a natural interest in sports. Yet, at this point, T-ball just doesn’t seem to be a good fit for him. He doesn’t understand the game yet (and isn’t all that concerned with learning it), and it’s a lot of standing around for him. He just seems bored and uninterested.
Last weekend the players had individual and team photos taken before the game. D’s grandma and another relative were visiting and came to the game with us. D refused to pose for his photo and wouldn’t get in the group photo. (Fine… it wasn’t that big of a deal.) Then my husband laid out a blanket for us all to sit on and my son wanted to sit with us on the blanket instead of play the game. He clearly wasn’t interested in being there, or playing, so we just went home.
This week’s game was a similar story… participating only part of the time (after much nudging from us and the coach)… walking the bases instead of running (which seemed to be in response to our yells of “run to first! run to first!”), and even walking backward and spinning in circles when going from second to third base. It was frustrating and hilarious at the same time.
His dad and I are a little torn with how to proceed. Quitting doesn’t quite feel like the right thing to do, but making him continue to go when he’s not enjoying it doesn’t feel right either. There are only a few more weeks of practices and games, since the league goes until the end of May. I think we will try to stick it out, but we’ll be taking it a practice/game at a time.
Last week, while the professional photographer took individual and team photos of the other players behind me to the left, I took my own “official” first T-ball season photo of Mr. D. I wasn’t sure if I should post it; but it’s a genuine moment from his childhood. Let me assure you that, despite how unhappy he looks in this photo, he does have some fun at the games and practices. This is mostly his “I don’t want to get my picture taken” pout. At this point, however, he’s clearly not loving baseball.