My husband and I had received a most unexpected phone call from the Children’s Medical Center, several weeks ago. Of course my “mommy worry” antenna went up and mind started the whirlwind of questions, as my other-half conversed with the hospital. Is their something wrong with his test results from the last procedure? Does he have to go in again for another endoscopy? Ugh, what is it!?
My husband turned to me, with a smile, and said that they have tickets for Nathanael to see the Rock Cats play, and they are now looking into what dates were available. Oh, happy days! What a welcomed surprise! After several more minutes of chatting on the phone, my husband set up the next surprise and made the date for his actual birthday!
We arrived at the stadium and were instructed to go to the section by the dugout to talk with the Rock Cats coordinator. While waiting, a surprisingly familiar face popped out of the dugout. A photographer friend of mine, Scott Blanchette, was on a gig taking pictures of the sport event when and he turned and snapped this:
Soon it was time to head down toward the field, and my son couldn’t believe his eyes. He was able to hang with the Rock Cats players, during warm-up…
and do a little fist-pump action with Jordan Patterson…
and strategize some plays for the game…
Nathanael even had the privilege to stand with the team, for the national anthem!
Then, it was time for his big part. We asked if he wanted us to walk over with him. With a deep breath our, now, six-year-old big boy said, “No mom, I can do it myself.” And off he went.
The team manager handed him the official game ball that he gave to the Rock Cats pitcher, Matt Flemer. What a proud mama moment this was, and, of course, I was too teary-eyed to take a picture, so my friend Scott took Nathanael’s super-cool, dude moment.
The rest of the evening was equally as great. Despite a little rain delay, Nathanael was wide awake and into the action of the game! Dad had one more surprise up his sleeve, for the evening. At the top of the sixth, we looked to the scoreboard to see a gigantic birthday wish, to our son. Scott captured it perfectly through his lens – thank you for these awesome pictures!
We had an amazing time that I believe Nathanael will never forget. It was also one of the last games for the Rock Cats, being the Rock Cats. Soon, we will be cheering for them as the Yard Goats, in Hartford, and my husband bought the shirt to go with it!
A big thank you to the Children’s Medical Center for, not only these tickets and making a little boy’s baseball dreams a reality, but for the continuous, top-notch care they provide our son to keep him healthy. I wrote up a post on “My Son’s Day At The O.R.” a little while ago that captures the lengths they go to ensure a child’s comfort, during a visit. If you are a worried parent who has a child in need of a CCMC visit, rest assured, they are in good hands!
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