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“Boys of Summer” series: the shadow knows. . .


He’s my shadow,

He’s his Mom’s shadow,

He follows Mom’s Daniel,

He’s his Coach’s shadow,

He knows things,

Sometimes his empathy

pours out, as in sorry for his

classmates who don’t have breakfast

or cannot play in sports due to costs,

or crying that “Pete needs a family!”

which truly made my good friend,

Linda and I burst into tears

during scene in “Pete’s Dragon.”

So, he stands and looks up to

his three coaches, each unique

in background and personality. 

He answers “The Coach” when 

he shouts out questions,

Where do you throw the ball?

(whichever base is next to 

player arriving or stealing. The kids 

answer, “First/Second/Third base”

or “Throw it Home!!”

Which base do you run like crazy?

(“Every base!”)

Who do you look out for?

(“Your team!”) or (“Teammates!”)


Baseball is an acquired taste,

but many friends know 

I love Cleveland Indians,

Columbus Clippers,

and small town 

summer league games.


Another special note:

Branch Rickey was the man

who discovered Jackie Robinson,

~ 1946 ~

also we were blessed to have

him live and serve as Coach

of Ohio Wesleyan University,

in his final years of experience.

The movie, “42” opened here

in Delaware, Ohio, 

~ 2013 ~

The members of Rickey and

Robinson families came to

the grand opening!

It was held at

Delaware, Ohio at

The Strand Theatre.

On my July 4th post, the tickets

and memorabilia were featured.

~ ~ ~ ⚾ ~ ~ ~

Thanks for sticking with this

“Boys of Summer” series.

Dylan Thomas included 

the original phrase,

“boys of summer”

in a long ago poem.

In 1972, a Brooklyn Dodgers

book was titled, “Boys of Summer.”

“Boys of Summer” series: swinging the bat


Here is another photo taken

from other side of the fence

where parents, siblings

and grandparents 

“Root, root, root

for the home team. . .”

This is my grandie,

Micah, who has no fears

nor trepidations. He is my

“Little Shadow” and yet,

never hides in the shadows.

Thank goodness for confidence

and bravura, as well as daring,

but genuine caring, gamesmanship!


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

was a “Tin Pan Alley”  

~ 1908 ~

song first written by

Jack Norworth


Albert Von Tilzer.

You may find an actual 1908

recording of this now 

considered iconic,

Traditional baseball song,

online sung by

Edward Meeker.

“Boys of Summer” series: Second base “steal”


Skyler has played baseball 

for quite some time. He

actually likes this better

than his middle school

football team. He’s 

not one who brags

nor wishes attention,

preferring not to have to

Tackle nor guard anyone:

Just hit the ball, run to bases

and slide into Home Base!

The thrill of “stealing bases”

comes rightfully from his Dad,

who was in baseball, played a

catcher from childhood 

into college.


“Get your peanuts,

Popcorn 🍿 and

Cracker Jacks here!”

~ ~ ⚾ ~ ~

My good and long time

fellow blogging friend,

Mike Lince, 

suggested a perfect song to

add to this summer baseball series:

“Centerfield,” by John Fogerty.

The line he gave was, 

“Put me in, Coach.

I’m ready to play, today. . .”


To all of you:

Thanks for all your terrific comments!

“Boys of Summer” series: My grandson, slugger Micah


Looking through the green chain fence,

Trying to remember this “little boy,”

Where did the “baby” go?

“Snips and snails, and

Puppy dog tails.”


He’s at the beginning of the

Batting line up,

First year of baseball

Skipping t-ball and now part of

Coach’s pitch.

Sometimes it gets me extra


“Oh, how my Dad would have

Loved these moments!”


Nine innings fly by,

Usually not such a quick 

Four, but they won

and game was over in the

“Blink of an eye!”

Thursday’s Doors ~ Janes’ House, closer view


My grandies call this a “mansion”

where they picture candlelabra,

thanks to, “Beauty and the Beast”

well-liked character, “Lumiere.”

They think “fancy” places

have flowers in vases and they

ponder aloud, “Every big house

must have a back twisty stairs

and front door leading to a huge

staircase with place to hold onto.”

“Do you mean a stair railing?” I ask.

Shrugging shoulders and, “Can’t 

you answer this?” Incredulous

looks on grandchildren’s faces.

They are picturing Belle 

descending this staircase.

Another detail they add, as I 

open all windows and park

in the barn’s driveway ~

“Wait! Do they have a guard?”

Hmmm. . . hoping not, as I

don’t see any signs of dogs

nor guard house. I walk over a

richly thick carpet of grass and

love the idea of this house being here

so long ago. Something to preserve

history and the small town of

Delaware, Ohio’s roots from

“Stratford on the Whetstone.”

(A milling community built 

along the Whetstone tributary

of the Olentangy River.)

I particularly like the “balcony” with

a rod iron railing above the formal

white door. There’s something

so warm and welcoming in the

brick, whitewashed and worn.

It manages to allow passers-by

 to feel a sense of coziness. Some

imagining the open curtained

windows showing friendliness,

with multiple children’s noses

pressed to windowpanes.

We talked about the fireplace 

and how important this would be

in the olden days to warm the house.

Also, wondering how soon they had

indoor plumbing. . . I introduced

their minds to chamber pots. 

No shuddering displayed; 

just curious questions, adding,

“Hendrix is potty training!”

Hope you found this

mansion, displaying some

fascinating historical features

found in the Federal period,

to  be “charming.”

Is this an example of 

your dream house?

I could see this as a destination

beautiful bed and breakfast.

Here’s a blogger,

Norm Frampton,

who had the graciousness 

to allow door enthusiasts 

to gather around,

attaching their links to his blog:


Come visit my area and I will 

assure you of many more 

interesting doors and

history “galore!”

Thursday’s Doors ~ side view of The Barn at Stratford, post #4


Pretty brick designs on

antique stoned walls,

sides of the large red barn.

I had never gotten out of my car,

passing this large, well-kept barn

at least once or twice monthly

for over thirty years. The “back road”

on our family’s way Home.

The black shuttered attic vent

is decorated with red painted frame

and has a semi-circular brick arch.

Although no doors here, more than

enough found on the first published

Thursday’s Doors today whose 

Host, Norm Frampton, is found here:


Hope you enjoy discovering the

Joy of doors and their photographers.

Thursday’s Doors ~ close up of The Barn at Stratford, post #2


The old stone bricks, 

red doors with white door frames

and black stripe and hinges,

along with the typical 

split barn doors.

Please check out 

Norm Frampton’s

blog where other doors with links

will possibly lead you into or

through door frames to

other worlds or 

countries at:


Hope you have fun picturing 

horses with their curious

faces peering out and 

wondering if someone

may drop by with

an apple or fresh hay.

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