Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Too Few Days

     As most readers know by now, my son Ben was away for nearly a year on a mission trip around the world, returning home in early June.  What people may not know is that when Ben was younger, he and I went on many baseball trips to see games in nearly 25 different ballparks all across the country.  We've always enjoyed going to sporting events together and we hadn't been to one since his return.  Last night we changed that!
     Thanks to the simplicity of purchasing tickets through StubHub, I was able to suggest a last-minute Phillies' game to Ben.  Roy Halladay was pitching and it was a beautiful night for a game (after a very brief shower).  Our seats were great - just 24 rows up from the field.  Though it didn't look very promising for a win, the Phillies managed to score 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a really exciting victory.
     More important than the win, of course, is that I got to spend more quality time with Ben.  As most parents know, it's bittersweet to see our children grow up.  We want them to be independent, and we're proud of the young adult lives they're creating for themselves, but we also can't help but realize how many fewer days are left that they're home with us.  I'm trying to make the most of those days.

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