Education was always a big deal in my family. My parents rarely took us out of school for vacations and we didn’t take sick days unless we were really sick – or, I suppose, if we could convince my mom we were really sick. That is the kind of parenting skill you learn by example.
So we don’t take our kids out of school very often – but yesterday I took them out of school an hour and a half early to go watch a baseball game.
This is a good time to tell you two important things. 1) This is the first time a Washington D.C. baseball team has made it to the post-season since 1933 and, 2) I own, run, and write for a sports blog. Writing about sports and parenting is how I make a living.
I suppose telling you that I had some floating baseball tickets and the Nationals only had four home games left and the other three were again the Phillies would also be important information. Also that Mondays are all half days in my county so the kids pretty much just missed lunch and social studies.
I was feeling a little bit weird about pulling them out of school for a sporting event, but then we got there and it was glorious.
It was a crisp clear day, really the first day it felt like autumn. We had to wear sweatshirts.
I taught them how to read the score board. We talked about balls and outs and errors. I showed them how to tell which position each athlete played. I explained fouls when they came our way. We ate hot dogs and popcorn. They made fun of me for rooting so loudly for Teddy Roosevelt to win the President’s Race.
My children now recognize Jayson Werth by sight. Not that he really looks like anyone else, except maybe the Geico caveman.
We talked about triples and doubles and playoff berths and the difference between a wild card spot and winning a division. I taught them what home team advantage was.
It was almost like homeschooling if you consider major league baseball an appropriate subject for third graders.
Clearly I do.
The Nationals crushed the Brewers 12-2 in the final game of a four game series.
At first I was uncomfortable pulling them out of school to do something so frivolous, but I know now that it was the right decision. The three of us had a day none of us will ever forget.