A Softball Mom Is Born

March 25, 2013 · 3 comments

in Oh, and I Take Photos, Too


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a contributor over at my friend Sarah Halstead’s blog, In the Moment With. Sarah and I “met” through our love of photography and the shared experience of having a child with cerebral palsy.

It’s my turn this week to share, and – surprise, surprise! – I opted to blog about softball. I won’t be publishing a separate post on Tuesday of this week, but I’ll be back on Thursday. It begins:

When my daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, it broke my heart – in all the usual significant ways, of course, but also in the ways that, in the grand scheme of things, shouldn’t matter all that much.

I had always dreamed of having kids who played sports.

I didn’t care if they were good at it, but I had envisioned an SUV filled with sports equipment and dirt and laughter, and I hated having to bury that dream. Nine years after her birth, I had put it behind me.

But Sarah Kate had a different plan. Just after her ninth birthday, she brought home the flyer for girls softball, and despite my fear and reluctance, I signed her up.

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Paula March 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

Wow — she looks fierce! Have fun!

Ann O'Connell March 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Sarah Kate is the bomb. I admire her willingness to get out there and be a kid. She is a beautiful, brave child, and that is in no small part due to her loving and supportive parents.

Andi March 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Thanks, Ann!

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