Saturday, August 27, 2011
A Delay on the Bucket List
Perhaps I should just go ahead and plant flowers in my "bucket" since filling my bucket with the things on my bucket list is proving to be a tad problematic.
For those who never saw the movie The Bucket List, with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, let me explain. A "bucket list" is a list of things you would like to do or see before you kick the bucket. Simple, huh?
Not so much. One of the best and brightest things on "our" bucket list (me and the LOC*) is to get to attend the Little League World Series (LLWS) held each August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
(*Lovable Old Coot)
We did drive by Williamsport one October while on vacation, and we saw the billboard - HOME OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES - but that is as close as we have come ... so far.
For each of the past couple of summers, someone in the family was ill and we could not go. But next year is going to be our year, I can just feel it.
Today I watched the USA championship game between Montana and California. California won, but Montana gave it their best. Tomorrow California plays Japan for the World Series title.
I love the little patches these players wear on their shoulders, which state "I will not cheat." We could sure use more of that mentality in pro sports, in the workplace, in the home, and just about all over the place.
And there is much to admire about their sportsmanship when they lose. They do not stamp and stomp around, they do not pout. Yes, sometimes they cry (don't we all?) but then they line up and shake hands like true little gentlemen.
And the best quote of the day came from one of the littlest players from Montana who told his mom, "It's hard to hit when they throw faster than you weigh." You gotta love that kid. He only weighs about 74 lbs. and the pitcher was whizzing about 80 miles per hour with his fast ball.
So if it should happen that even next year we do not get to Williamsport, I'll still be watching the LLWS next August. Some things are worth looking forward to.
Until next time ... hope you are looking forward to something, too.
...Marsha # # # #
What is something that is on your bucket list?