Mondays are full of miracles.
Jamie’s class went on a field trip to Miracle Field today. After getting proper permission, I met them at the field and played catch with at least half a dozen students. On a day full of sunshine and squeals, the leveled playing field made it possible for those in and out of wheelchairs to share space in between the white lines.
One of her students teased me for my love of the Royals.
One of her students cheered me for sporting an Alex Gordon t-shirt and powder blue hat.
One student was determined to throw the ball over the fence time and time again.
One student laughed a full belly laugh every single time he threw the ball. Throw. Laugh. Catch. Laugh. Repeat. It was contagious.
Another student was perfectly ambidextrous which would impress the “amphibious pitcher” who made headlines a couple years ago.
Some students wanted to use a baseball and gloves. Some students preferred a lighter and softer ball.
Since I am not a teacher or adult they see day in and day out, I had multiple students calling for my attention. Some students are non-verbal and the teachers were phenomenal interpreters, connecting me to ball players of all ages, whether or not they could tell me their favorite teams and players.
When the busses started lining up to pick up the students and take them back to school, I witnessed the compassion and perseverance of the teachers and paraprofessionals who helped the students get to where they needed to go.
I am amazed by those who teach and serve these students, challenging them and encouraging them every day. And I am grateful for Miracle Field at Dan Kinney Park and the great space it provides for all children to play ball.