I like the day and age we live in because of all the CHOICES we have. For example, when it comes to sports, our boys had to chance to “try” many different sports – to see which one fit their liking – and to see which ones fit their physical disposition and gift mix. Also, exploring different sports allowed us to see which sports fit the parental liking as well – because “if mom and dad ain’t on board – ain’t nothin’ happenin’” – 🙂
The season that my boys played baseball was a success, but we are also grateful that everyone decided this was NOT the sport for our family.
For this post, I also wanted to share some quotes from the great Satchel Paige.
“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”
“Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money.”
“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
“Don’t eat fried food, it angries up the blood.”
“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”
“There never was a man on earth who pitched as much as me. But the more I pitched, the stronger my arm would get.”
My favorite quotes from Satchel Paige have to do with age – because did you know that his real birthday was not known – it is estimated that his birthday was on July 7, 1906. And so his famous “age” quotes have more depth when you realize that he did not even know his birthday. It also makes me less of a baby when it comes to wanting to know more about when I was born. You see, my mom had a big litter of kids (she was Catholic at the time) and well, there are fewer photos of the last couple of kids (moi) as well as less details. But at least I know the actual day! And while I do not like big birthday parties for myself – I do celebrate having “another birthday” because life is such a gift.
Here is what Satchel Paige said about age:
“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
More on Satchel Paige HERE – and his children say he was a loving father….
“I wish you guys had gotten the chance to meet him,” Robert Paige said. “He could tell stories all day. And I had to sit there and listen to him.”