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ball field and he saw so many people dressed in the same clothes we were. We went down by the Cardinals dugout, and he joined the crowd by the rail holding out baseballs as the players ran past. He asked for “peanuts and Cracker Jacks”; we cheered when our favorite player hit a home run. The crowd did “the wave,” and when it was our turn, we all stood up. Nick laughed when I did the chicken dance between innings and sang “YMCA,” forming the letters with my arms. During the seventh inning, he sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”—we’d taught him the song when his friends were learning “When You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands”—and only forgot a few words here and there. My husband nudged the man sitting next to him and said, “That’s my grandson.” During the ride home, Nick suffered from sensory overload. He talked about the vendors selling pink and blue cotton candy, the man wearing the red clown wig with the Cardinals shirt, the singing of the National Anthem, the scoreboard, and Papa diving for a foul ball (and missing). It was the first outing of what has become a family tradition: taking our grandson to spring training games. (And, in the last few years, three more grandsons have been added to the family. Whew! We have our work cut out for us.) Baseball has bonded us all and ignited a spark in Nick I hope will never burn out. He’s almost reached the age now where it’s not cool to hug Papa and me in public—but it will always be cool to talk about baseball. G Much to the grands’ delight, Nick has been cheering for the Cardinals since he was 4. JUNE 2009 GRAND 27
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Poppy Joe
A Whole New Ball Game
Happy Trails
Pool Safe
Running Together
Notes from the Peanut Gallery
Ask GRAND
Inspirations
Leaving a Legacy
Writing Small Moments
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - A Whole New Ball Game
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Happy Trails
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Pool Safe
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Running Together
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Notes from the Peanut Gallery
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Inspirations
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Leaving a Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Writing Small Moments
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Resources
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - GRAND Finale
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