Summertime is FINALLY here!! I absolutely LOVE Summertime!! No schedule (for the most part), HOT days, sun tans, flip-flops, sunglasses and outdoor BBQs. Who doesn’t LOVE it??!!
But, the BEST thing about summer is that I get to spend weekdays, nights and weekends at the ball park. My oldest son started playing T-Ball in 2002, when he was 4. My youngest started playing in 2011, when he was 5 (he didn’t want to play T-Ball, because that was “for babies”). There were a few years when they had conflicts and overlapped games, but really, I was pretty lucky to have my boy’s baseball schedules rarely interfere with the other. I have spent 15 summers at the baseball field. Many of our summer vacations have revolved around our boys' out of state world series', and we throw in a visit to the beach. I have sweat buckets of perspiration, learned how to put up; and take down, a sun shade awning ALONE and I can load the truck after a game in record time, and be waiting for my boys, at the exit gate, to come off the field with the A/C on FULL BLAST!!
I have an over sized wagon in which I haul EVERYTHING!! I always have the obligatory cooler FULL of water and Gatorade, some beef jerky for protein, some sort of salty, crunchy snack and plenty of small bills for the concession stand. I have been referred to as the “bag lady” at most tournaments, and rarely is there a tournament I go to, that someone doesn’t make a comment about my wagon. Sure, there are wagons at EVERY tournament, then there’s MY wagon…its over-the-top. It has everything you could ever need. A band-aid…Dawn has one (or 50), sunscreen…what SPF level? Deep Woods Off…Dawn's got it, Tylenol…me, Pepto Bismol...yep, Baby Powder to soak up the sweat..got it!! Boudreaux's Butt Paste for a chafed, eh hem…you betcha!!
Over the years, I would like to think that I have taught my kids a lot of things on and off the field, but in reality, I have learned more from my experiences with them and all of the other WONDERFUL moms that I have had the pleasure of sitting behind home-plate with. We have kept score books, argued calls, and watched as our coaches (husbands) got thrown out of games. We’ve laughed, we've cried, we've been winners in championship games and we've been “one and done” on Sundays that we thought we'd play all day.
Thank you to my boys; "Coach" Billy, Grant and Grayson for teaching me how to “mom” a baseball player. Thank you to Talana for teaching me how to keep a good score book, and knowing the rules, although I’m not as great as I once was (but I'm as good once as I ever was). Thank you to Amy for teaching me how to be an AWESOME “bag lady”, I learned from the best, but I’ll NEVER be as good as you!! And last, but certainly not least, thank you God for baseball and summertime in Texas!!
My name is Dawn McKee. I live in Royse City, Tx with my husband, Billy; 2 boys, Grant (away at college) and Grayson, who is almost 11; and our 13 year old Labrador, Jewel. I've never passed an Estate Sale I didn't break for, and I HAVE to have my morning coffee...ALL DAY!!