I arrive late and yet on time because the team arrived late so the game has just started. I chat with a couple of friends on my way to our side of the field. I pull up my chair next to a friend who I was happy to see with the perfect view of first base. I watch the game and wait. My girl didn't start. No worries. I wait some more. The game gets exciting. We come from behind and I'm still waiting. No worries she played a full game last night. I chase away some worry thoughts about why and give in to sitting and waiting the whole game when number 19 walks out; top or bottom of the sixth. I decide to take some photos when the sunset changes becoming a perfect backdrop. Softball forces me to sit and wait. Today reminded me why - when we sit and wait I take time to notice simple, natural things. The yellow and orange surrounded by blue - chasing away gray skies. It's a busy time of year in our schools and it's easy to find the gray moments overwhelming. I'm going to try and sit a bit more, wait a bit more with students and without to find the sunsets or sunrises that make the work of each day rewarding.
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