Tuesday, 4 March 2008

The Baseball

Recently there has been a commercial with a little boy who slips on a baseball glove, goes out in the yard, throws the ball - but there is no one to catch the ball or throw it back to him. The father killed by a drunk driver.

I once worked for a VP of a large drug company. On his desk was a baseball. If you asked him why the ball was there, he would tell you. It belonged to his son who died at 8 years of age from a sudden onset of a child's disease. He regretted the many times he could not play ball with his son and stated that family time is critical and precious. Then he would ask you; "What are you doing with your family today?"

16 comments:

Tam said...

(lets out a loooonnng deep breath......)

wow.

I am loving on my children fiercely today, that's what I'm doing!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Never ever let your kids doubt the following Tam.
1) THat you love them.
2) You will do your best to listen.
3) That they can conquer the world.
4) Christ loves them!

Robin said...

Wow! What a great object lesson to any who step into his office and to us who read your words.

I like what you said in the comments to and I strive to make sure my kids know those things.

Thank You!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Robin, Tam, Brandy, Darla, Crossview and all the other moms; What a role you have as a mom - I noticed a strong motherhood bond in blogging. WE dads need to be sure to "step up to the plate". Please dads - have a blast with father hood! Its an awesome responsibility!

darla said...

Thanks for the wisdom! I love you Papa! life is too short to take it for granted thats for sure. I do love on my kids, sometimes they don't like it, but I tell them I am allowed..and I have to its my job, and the part I like!

brandy said...

This one made me cry!

Love you Papa! ;-)

Robin said...

My kids are still young enough that they don't mind being loved on :) They are actually both my little cuddle bugs. I tell them everyday how much I love them and tell them frequently that if God lined up all the kids in the world and told me I could have any two that I would pick both of them. It always makes their day.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Brandy - love those boys! I get so tickled with your "motherhood" insights.

Darla - my kids are closing in on 40 (oh my goodness!) and still don't mind being loved on.

Robin - Maybe you should ask God for two more just like em! That might be pushing it eh?

Anonymous said...

you have a great blog!!!-kristiapplesauce

Robin said...

I would love two more just like them :) and so would they. They ask me just about every day for a baby brother and baby sister. Many people comment on how good they are with younger children. So you pray that if it's God's plan that it would happen :)

Indian Lake Papa said...

Robin - all I can say is - better you than mama!

1godsgal said...

Wow,I'm praying for, loving on, encouraging, remembering my kids today. Kinda of strange with them having their own lives now...my how the roles change. The love never does tho. Papa, have you ever heard of Christian Cowboys, or Coy Huffman? Just curious. Blessings to you, hugs to mama. :)

Indian Lake Papa said...

No GG, never heard of Christian Cowboys or Coy Huffman.

1godsgal said...

Hi Papa, Coy and his wife Donna travel around the country and minister to the pro-rodeo circuit among other things....if you ever get a chance to listen to him, I think you'd enjoy it! Smiles.

Tam said...

oooyah Robin! Have more babies! Then we can all figure out how to throw a Baby Blog Shower for you!!! =)

CrossView said...

Made me think of "The Cat's in the Cradle" song from way back.

I have moments where I'm awestruck that the Lord entrusted the care of His gifts to me. Ok, so sometimes I'm even terrified by it... But mostly, just really thankful!

A good Dad is such a tremendous blesing to children.

When little girls grow up, they tend to think of the Heavenly Father in terms of their earthly one. That can be a very good - or very bad- thing. =/