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Petey, Papi, Panda, and Posey

Batting Practice!

Batting Practice!

What the heck does all of this mean? It’s about teaching your kids about what you love and sharing the joy of the experience together.

In my case, I’ve been teaching and sharing my love of baseball with Charlotte. We are having so much fun with it. We have picked our favorite teams, the Giants and the Red Sox, and we have picked our favorite players: Petey (Dustin Pedroia), Papi (David Ortiz), Panda (Pablo Sandoval) and Posey (Buster Posey).  We have their baseball cards. We high five them each morning, and wish them luck. We have decided we hate the Yankees, and we don’t allow any mention of them in our clubhouse. We have fun. And that is so very important when you’re bonding with your kids.

I started writing this update on Thursday night (4 days after the Boston bombing) and then when I woke up, I was sucked into the sheer chaos of the tragedy. They still had not found suspect number two, and a massive manhunt was underway. We hoped they would find him; we hoped that no one else would be hurt. The whole thing was very eerie as we lived in that general area for about two years. I heard from an old friend who grew up in Watertown, and his parents were hiding in their basement.

Boston Strong:  Chart and I saying yeah Boston!!

Boston Strong: Chart and I saying yeah Boston!!

 

This entire tragedy really makes me think of Boston, and how much we enjoyed living there. From their wicked accents to the true grit of their composition; for their mad passion for the C’s, Sox, B’s and Pats, there is nobody like a Bostonian.

These punks picked the wrong people to mess with. Boston Strong.

It’s now Sunday morning, and they caught the younger brother, without anyone else getting hurt. Hat’s off to all of the law enforcement personnel who risked their lives to protect and serve us. They are truly heroic, and it was great to teach Charlotte what a true hero is all about. We both watched the first Red Sox game at Fenway (after the capture), and we were proud of our hero, Big Papi, as he made our skin crawl with his inspiring speech. Oh, yeah, and Charlotte learned her first swear word :)

 

 

I’m feeling stronger every day and with that so is my mood and my energy. I’m walking without oxygen again and making my comeback. And I’m happy that I keep winning “comeback player of the year” awards, but I would love to not be eligible next year.

I'm feeling good:  Me and Poky just did a 10 minute walk last week!

I’m feeling good: Me and Poky just did a 10 minute walk last week!

2 Responses to “ “Petey, Papi, Panda, and Posey”

  1. Michelle Feldman says:

    This taken from an article I read after the Boston bombing: “Every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness. But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evildoers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago. So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” So true, and good for people to remember when they get their spirits dampened after an event like this. Also made me think of you and your fight against cancer. How you look it in the eye everyday and let it know that you are stronger. (By the way, your comment about comeback player of the year made me laugh out loud.) :) Love the updates, love the photos, but most of all…love your spirit. Big hugs to Charlotte, Jennie and Pokey. Miss you all. xo

    • Mike Dougherty says:

      Thanks Michelle love the message, and miss you too. It’s one of the “chamber of commerce” Seattle days today, making me smile :)

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