I spent the day coaching a baseball camp for elementary and middle school athletes in our school district. Our high school coaches ran the camp with the help of our varsity players. It's great to get a large chunk of the program's fundraising out of the way and even better to see our high school players interacting with the participants and giving back. Plus, I can't complain about a day that involves baseball . . . and lots of it!
Earlier in the week my wife and I met up with my side of the family to celebrate my birthday and my mom's. We're only four days apart and it only makes sense. I'm not one who likes all of the attention anyway. I'm not sure if my ten year old self would agree, but this middle age "grown up" enjoys sharing the day with Mom. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I used quotation marks in that last paragraph because I'm not sure a person who receives the kinds of gifts I did would do anything but confirm they're still a child. You be the judge! Here's my favorite five gifts from earlier in the week.
First up, a science fiction novel about baseball and two universes. This should make for a fun read! Thanks, Mom & Dad!
Here's probably the most useful gift from my birthday haul.
The prize for tastiest gift also goes to my parents.
My sister knows me way too well. Check out this 1950 Bowman card of The Heater from Van Meter.
Wait, did you see that it was autographed?
No? No need to scroll back up. Here it is again!
Alright, here's the present which made me smile the most.
Great stuff! Enjoy the holidays and thanks for stopping by!