At the ball game

We took the kids to a late afternoon baseball game yesterday.

In retrospect, attending on a 90 degree day was not the best idea we’ve ever had but we were powerless to resist the siren call of the hot dog.

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a gem of a ball field;  the giant cutout of the bull offering a free steak to whomever would hit it, the velvet green outfield, the friendly staff who launch t-shirts and peanuts into the stands.

We arrived about a half hour before the game was set to begin to ensure we had plenty of time to secure snacks and drinks.  After scanning our tickets at the entry gate, Travis and I peeled off to the left to head to the elevators while Mr. CPQ, Tommy and JJ took the stairs to our seats.  I entered the lobby and was met by the team mascot, Mr. Wool E. Bull himself.

He stopped and said hello to T and ruffled his hair and waited patiently while T ran his fingers over his fuzzy nose.  I hit the button to call the elevator, expecting Wool E. to head out to the gate to welcome other children when he surprised me by taking the handles of the wheelchair and pushing Travis onto the elevator when it arrived and then riding with us up to our floor.

Travis was delighted and kept giggling and looking behind his chair to see if Wool E. was still there.

Or maybe that was me.

The elevator stopped at our floor and I reached to push the wheelchair but Wool E. shook his head and pushed my hands aside  and proceeded to escort Travis through the crowds in grand parade fashion all the way to our seats.

He then spent a few more minutes with us, making sure T was settled in, high-fiving the other boys, and patting me on the back when I started bawling getting  a little teary over his kindness.  I hugged his neck and whispered my thanks into what I think was his ear and he nodded and waved and off he went to bring joy to other children and their mamas.

And we were off to enjoy a delightful afternoon cheering our Bulls on to victory.

And a good time was had by all.

Have a nice day.

27 responses to “At the ball game

  1. That made me teary too. How awesome.

  2. Me too…..what a sweet story.

  3. What a blessed mama… I sit here with tears in my eyes just imagining how you must have felt – so surprised and grateful for just a few small gestures that must have felt enormous to you. What a wonderful afternoon – I’m so glad that you all were blessed and were able to have a great time! Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  4. Didn’t think your ball game post would make me all teary either. I just love that! Makes me feel like there are angels all around just giving us ‘hugs’ through out our days.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. As I sit here all Teary eyed reading your post, I am so thankful for the reminder that people really do care. It is always great to see people helping people. I’m so glad you shared your story! Thanks!

  6. Girl, I always love reading about these great moments in your life. The truth is we love to love on our kiddos, but its so nice when others take opportunities to love on them too.

    They can’t know what an encouragement this is to you and to those who love you and your family!

  7. Very sweet! I love stories about kind strangers. What a unexpected blessing!

  8. Well, you know that Mr. M gets teary very easily, but as I read this aloud to him, I could barely finish for the tears running down my face & the cracking of my voice. He came over to look at the pictures, bringing both of us some kleenex so we could wipe the tears & have a good blow. I love the way God provides those precious moments for others to encourage those we love, thus encouraging us. I imagine that also made Wool E.’s day too.

  9. So Cool.
    I bet Wool E is just as kind when NOT in costume.
    Just sayin’

  10. OH, how I love this. If he had given him a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, I would have bawled like a babe.
    Such a sweet, sweet story.

  11. And THIS is how we should treat each other. Thanks for the example, Wool E. Be.

  12. I cried when I got the bill at the concession stand…

  13. OK, so there were tears after reading the post…

    but now, the tears are from being doubled over in laughter at Mr. CPQ’s comment 😀

    Thanks for the precious post.

    Wool. E Bull for President!

  14. that’s awesome. just plain awesome. thanks for sharing!

    and the mister is hilarious . . .

  15. Ok, that made me cry. I love America. I am so thankful, as a general rule, look to help others. It just doesn’t really happen in other countries as much. Have a good day, love, S

  16. This was so encouraging. Thanks for sharing, it made my day! x

  17. this is so sweet! it is just one more reason to love baseball and the durham bulls!!

  18. CPQ, when I think of someone who sees joy and blessing in the hardships of life, I think of you. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Teary here, too. Wool E’s act of kindness made a huge impact on your family (and other observers, I’m sure!).

  20. So precious. Those are the moments in life that just make it all worth it.

    We headed out to the ballpark this weekend, too. I felt ridiculously patriotic as I munched on a hotdog and sang “Proud to be an American” at the top of my lungs.

  21. There are some tickets for free Durham Bulls games at the school where I work. Are you interested? Free admission tickets might make the snack bar bill not seem so high. E-mail me your address if you are interested.

  22. Isn’t unexpected kindness just the best thing?

    Sweet post!

  23. KC @ Average: More or Less

    Triple A ball is the best!

    P.S. I’m working on a couple 0f posts that may or may not be helpful to you on your trip West.

  24. That is just so awesome, Susan. I bet T loved it!

  25. Awwww! That is just the sweetest thing, I’m getting a little teary reading it! And such a great reminder that even the simplest gesture of kindness can mean so much to someone. Glad you had fun at the game! We’ve never been there, but hope to make it to a game this season, now that our kiddos are both a good age!

  26. I loved the post and snorted over Mr. CPQ’s comment. So glad you had a good holiday.

  27. *sniffle* I love everything about this post.
    That someone took the time to be kind.
    That you took the time to appreciate it.
    And that you said ‘what I think was his ear’

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