On Saturday morning, I stood among some 5000 others in what they call the runners corral waiting to run a local half marathon. Trying to stay warm in near freezing temperatures, my mind wandered to the last time I had stood in a similar crowd waiting to run my first “half” over thirty years ago.
Recently we held a Be There Dad workshop at a local elementary school. The audience was a group of dads whose kids all attended this school where there is an active Be There Dad group. Most of these dads had already been involved with service to the school at car rider line and other events.
After watching the recent interview on Charlotte Today, a long time Be There Dad supporter sent me the following email. I was immediately touched. His message is simple, but it captures the essence of Be There Dad.
Watch our own Coach Jeff as he describes Be There Dad to the hosts of NBC’s Charlotte Today.
In a reflective moment, I remembered that this is how baseball is supposed to be. I could hear the words of James Earl Jones’ description of the Field of Dreams as if he was speaking to me about Wrigley, “America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers… But baseball has marked the time.
There has been an ongoing debate over whether to continue the prekindergarten programs in public schools. When I read about this debate, I think about my grass.