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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Never Satisfied?
By Karen O'Leary
10/12/04

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It was the bottom of the eighth with two out, Jason Milner stepped into the batters box, praying he would get a chance to redeem himself. He had been thrown out at home plate, trying to stretch a sure triple into a run in the fifth. He glanced over his shoulder when the pitcher stepped off the mound. His dad, the coach, still had a scowl on his face.

“Play ball,” the umpire yelled. The first pitch was low and outside. “Ball one.”

The second hummed down the middle of the plate. Crack! The ball sailed over the left fielder’s head. Jason ran full bore. The outfielder had the ball so he stopped at third, hoping his dad would be satisfied.

Eric Sanstrom, their leading home run hitter was up next. He popped it up to shallow right. “Miss it,” Jason whispered. The first baseman hauled it in, ending the inning.

“Should have come home,” Coach Milner mumbled as his son retrieved his glove.

“I quit,” Jason snapped. “No matter what I do it’s never good enough.” He took off running.

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Too many times I have seen parents embarrass their children with unrealistic demands. They are quick to criticize and never seem satisfied. One sporting event I attended even had parent spectator behavior rules on the back of the program. How sad.

To be the best we can be is all that God asks. In the end, it is enough.


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Dori Knight10/18/04
wise words, karen. thanks for writing this and reminding us to lift up and encourage our children.

blessings ~

dori
Teresa Lee Rainey10/18/04
It is sad that those 'little league' sporting events bring out the worst in some parents. True words of wisdom in your writing. We should be satisfied when they do their best :)
Lucian Thompson10/18/04
My Karen, I hope that didn’t happen to a child you know. Stuff like that is so upsetting to me. How parents/anyone can put our children in that win…win…win, or be cursed position is beyond me. Thank God for parents who support and encourage their kids.
Dave Wagner10/19/04
>> To be the best we can be is all that God asks. In the end, it is enough. <<

Is that really all that God asks? Also...enough for what, I wonder?
Rita Garcia10/19/04
Karen, Children are a special gift from God, and should be handled with care and love. Great entry! Blessings, Rita
darlene hight10/23/04
Karen,
What a great way to say what you wanted to say! I love the story opening followed by a strong point. This piece actually lends itself to more teaching on unrealistic expectations. If your revised it and made a longer article,you might be able to get a family or parenting magazine to snap it up.
Marcell Billinghurst10/24/04
A great story and example of the unrealistic expectations many parents have on their children in the area of sport. Many of these parents care more about winning, than helping and supporting their children too learn to lose gracefully.
Marina Rojas10/24/04
This is a good reminder to watch the demands I put on others, that I am not willing to abide by for myself. Ouch.

Thank you for a short, sweet to the point reminder of God's mercy.