Thursday, September 1, 2011
Happiness Is An Unexpected Connection With The Past Via Baseball
Ever have a totally unexpected reconnection with someone from your past? Neither had I until a week ago. My surprise came because someone from my school days in Texas watched a major league baseball game on television. That major league baseball game was the start of a trip down memory lane.
You see, the name of one of the ball players in that game prompted the person from my hometown to remember me. He found my website and emailed me to ask if the MLB player happened to be a relative. He remembered my husband, who played for my hometown’s baseball team, Texas Rebels, while he was stationed at a nearby Air Force base. A true “Northener” from Michigan, he loved playing with that bunch of true Texans. They even gave him the number 13 uniform, too. Talk about generosity.
Though my husband and the MLB athlete have the same last name, I’m not aware of any family connection. Still, I was thrilled to hear from someone who brought me news of my out-of-state hometown. He updated me about friends I’d lost touch with over the years. I was saddened to learn that some of those friends are gone now, yet happy to know that a favorite faculty member still makes an occasional visit to that area.
A flyer arrived in the mail a few days later announcing an all-school reunion in October. Will I attend? Probably not, since I’m a long way from the Texas Hill Country now. But my friend has promised to keep me updated on the news from home. I know his posts will put a bright spot in my day when they arrive. I have the MLB to thank for my reconnection with the past.
If you’ve ever had an unexpected bright spot in your day or an unusual reconnection with a friend from your past, I’d love to have you share your experience with the folks here at my back fence. And if you’ve had a brand-spankin’new bright spot in your day, please share that with us, too. Sharing a smile could make someone else’s day a little brighter. Smiling is so much easier than frowning. Just sayin’.
"Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own."~~ Harold Coffin
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