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Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Posted on: August 13, 2008 2:54 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2008 9:36 am
Sports Appreciation Day!

  As a child growing up in the care of the C.H.S. I had very few opportunities to play organized sports and even fewer chances to see the games live. I do however remember the day I fell in love with sports and to be more exact, Baseball. Every year just after Thanksgiving the children in the home would get together to make out the list of things they would like to receive for Christmas. As a "lifer", the term for the older kids deemed unadoptable, i would sit back in wonderment. Each child would go to task writing the list. You would even see some verifying with Webster as to make sure they spelled each item correctly. The joy this brought to the faces of those kids was my gift. I enjoyed the hope they showed.

  For me and my little brother who had also been in the system for many years it was always the same thing, another waste of time but at some point we would cave in and make our list. He was 5 at the time and I 13 so this was always for me an effort in futility and yet I tried to be positive as not to cause him any more unnecessary pain. Every year he would put the same thing on the list. Parents. That was the list. The first few years he would be specific but as time passed the list became one word. For me it was always a grand gesture that I would put knowing that no matter how big or small I made the list I would get the staples, socks and underwear. Well this year I thought it would be really funny to put an unattainable gift, my attempt to appease my sense of doubt I would guess. I put down three words. Live sporting event.

  I had seen a few games on TV and was a fan of the teams all my peers hated. Being from NYC I chose the Dallas Cowboys in football simply because the team and I have the same birthday. I chose the NY Rangers for hockey because the left over jerseys we had for our street games were the Islanders and I despised them for that reason. I chose the SA Spurs in basketball because the only game I had ever seen was one with the Red, White and Blue ball and that was cool. As for Baseball I had chosen the Yankees. I had read a story about the great Thurman Munson and so I chose his team. I did not care that they were from New York or that they had won a bunch of games just that his story had so touched me has a young boy.

  So now that the background is set up I can finish the tail of Christmas. When the day rolled around we all come running down our respective hallways to see what we have. Everyone skips past the dining hall, which is amazing in and of itself but that is another tale, and head right to the large group hall. There it stood for all to see, THE TREE. All the kids smiled and when they noticed all the gifts wrapped under the tree they screamed for joy.I casually leaned on the wall and waited to see my little brother emerge from the pile.

  He had a little box and a very large card with his name printed in large letters on the envelope. I have to admit I was shocked. I was also perplexed as we had never seen this before and I was on my tenth Christmas in the system. He came over to me with a look on his face as to say what do I do now. I sat him down and told him to open the box. As he ripped it open it was a very unique gift, it was from a set of parents and it was a picture of his new room. The card was next and it simply read "We would like you to come and live with us" and had a picture of a young couple included. He was so over joyed he could not contain his reaction and vegan to jump and scream and thank Santa Claus and anyone else that would listen. When he finally calmed down he sat next to me and began to cry. "Will you be coming with me?" he asked. I had no way to answer him, I had no words to say. I was just about to try and put a sentence together when the young couple in the photograph touched me on the shoulder, almost as if on cue. The young lady grabbed my brothers hand and the young man help me to my feet. They guided us to the House mothers office and told us the news. Within in days he was gone.

  The only promise that was made to me was that we would stay in touch. When my brothers new father came around the following April i was , to say the least, shocked. I was in the courtyard playing chess. He walked up to me with the house "parent" and asked if I would like to go for a visit. I of course said yes. We got into a car and were driven into the City. We arrived and took a series of subway trains and when we emerged there it was. Yankee Stadium. I saw my little brother running towards me and tried in vain to hold back the tears. I had not seem him in nearly four months and now we are going to our first baseball game together. It was the greatest day of my childhood. He had gotten his Christmas wish and now I had received mine. I watched him and the game and to this day love the game.

  No matter what is happening around me I can always take myself back to that day , to that very second when the world was right, if only for a moment. It was baseball. I have since changed the train I take to the game as the Mets play in Queens but I still love baseball and I still remember the very second I fell in love with Sports.

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Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2008 1:15 am

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

sadurtimes - I would really like to talk w/ you more about your story, it really touched my heart. Please send me pm if we can exchange emails.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 11:47 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Shortcake thank yo for your words and for sharing a bit of yourself with us. I am sure you and your grandpa have many a great story to tell also. I know I will always cherish my memories.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 11:28 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Wow sadur, very good story.. Got me a lil choked up there. I know its not quite the same but I lived in a grils home for a while when I was a teen and my sport of prefrence is football, I got to go to one and only MLB game, I saw the Twins play the year the won the world series.. One of the counlers there took me, we sat almost behind home plate.. I got to see Kirby play. I still remember it like it was just the other day , and not 20 years ago.. I love football because , I watched it with my grandpa, I would sit right next to him and I was the only kid in the room, so I had his attetion, and told me about the game and the players. Thats something I think about to this day when I watch football.

Wonderful story sadur. Sports can bring so much to a child.

Take care my friend,


Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 11:08 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

SF, thank you. That is why writers write. We try and share something that touches people in some way.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 10:53 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Sadur I'm very touched by your childhood memories. I really don't know what to say. Your little brother was a lucky guy to have a big brother like you. Your story touched me and brought back my own child hood memories of me and my little brother. Thank you for sharing your story with us. May God Bless You. Sportfan. 

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 10:18 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Rock thank you for your comment. It is great to just share the story. Maybe someone can learn something.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 9:27 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Wow, Sad; what a wonderful story.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to experience the life you lived, but I am glad to hear you have such a wonderful memory of your brother.  I'm sorry to hear of your loss and I will rmember you in my prayers.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 7:42 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Mom thanks you for dropping in, it is always a pleasure to have your thoughts.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 7:41 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Colts thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughts. My little brother passed away last week, he was 40. That is one of the things that inspired this blog. The times we have with the ones we love have to be remembered sometimes it is all we have of them.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2008 7:39 pm

Sports Appreciation Day! S.A.D.

Blues thank you for sharing your thoughts and I look forward to many more to come.

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