Summer. The season when lingering daylight and warmer weather draw people outside to enjoy summer’s traditional events and amusements. Summer is in full swing at the offices of Rear Curtain and we wanted to share the season with stories.
Over the next several weeks we will be hosting summer-related stories from different photographers. Check back each week for a new story in our summer series.
Tee-ball. Baseball at its most basic: stay alert, watch the ball, play’s at 1st base, learn the batting stance, and, most important, have fun. Scores aren’t recorded, no outs are called, every player bats, and a full game is a 5-year old attention-friendly three innings. Compared to the game at older age levels, tee-ball is about fun. Sure the crack of the bat is heard less and the cry of the coaches is toned with the gentle encouragement people use with young kids, but the heart of baseball is the same at every age level and the cheers from the crowd are as enthusiastic as those heard at a Major League game.
There’s an innocent simplicity to the game of tee-ball that is lost at the next level of play. As the kids age the game becomes laden with the potential for failure and judgment. Score keeping will reveal the thrill of winning and the disappointment of losing. Coaches are less tolerant of elementary mistakes. The cheer of parents loses some of its relaxed joviality as they become more invested in the performance of their older children.
For tee-ball though the kids learn to simply love the game.
You can find more of Matthew Connors’ work here.