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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

End of an Era


As most of you that read this blog know, we have one, and only,  grand daughter which we are very proud of.  I’ve posted about a number of her life events on the blog the last three years.  Homecoming Queen, honor graduate, state championship playoffs in softball while in high school, and her earning a college scholarship in both academics and softball.

We’ve watched her play ball from the time she was five or six years old.  From T-ball to college.


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She loved it.  Gave it her all.  Nothing interfered with softball.

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She played her last game yesterday.  She is about to graduate from the local community college and move on to the University of Southern Mississippi to complete her degree.  She decided it was time to hang up her cleats.  Her decision, totally.  There’s Lots of emotion on your last day.

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But still in the game during warm ups.

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Last pregame huddle.

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There was the preliminary honors for the sophomores.

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Then on to the game.

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There’s lots of action at second base.

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Covering first is also a part of playing second.

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She’s always had that tongue out when serious.  It’s a wonder she hasn’t bitten it off. 

Soon, it’s over.

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Something to smile about.

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  A victory to end the season, as well as a career.

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Her last post game.

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The seven graduating sophomores.  All going on to further studies.

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I know she is going to miss playing ball.  It’s what she did for fifteen years or so.  I also know she is going to miss her teammates. Friendships to last a lifetime, hopefully.  What life holds for her in the future, only God knows.  But I know she will pursue it with the same passion she did softball.


The End………….jc


  1. What a beautiful tribute to your granddaughter and great photos of her last game! May she look forward to many more successes as she takes the next steps.

  2. Ditto to Janna and Mike's comment. :)

  3. A granddaughter to be proud of! So glad you were able to celebrate with her.

  4. Next an adult pick up game or throwing a childs first pitch...what a wonderful career to have. She's a beauty!

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  6. She's a beautiful girl. So nice to read your account of her softball career and to get the feeling for how much you've enjoyed following along with her.

  7. Grandpa's going to miss the games! Lovely post with your love showing through it!

  8. What a terrific write up and pictorial by one proud "OPI".....stories like this keep my faith that the future of this Country will be in great hands...thanks for sharing...Horst send

  9. I think this is the first time I posted on your blog. Just surfing on this fine Sunday afternoon and came across your blog. Your post End of an Era caught my eye and meant so much to me about your granddaughter. We too have a grand that played sports (soccer in our case) all her life and now is playing in college. What wonderful memories they have given to us over the years! So happy for you all! Congrats to her and wishing her a wonderful future!!! Connie in PA

  10. Hi Jerry, somebody is really going to miss his grand-daughter. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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