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Discussion: Morning Thought To Share

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July 19, 2011
Men's 65
1000 posts
Morning Thought To Share
A lot of you live in or around the larger Metropolitan Cities and have a much greater opportunity to interact with this great sport called softball. Some of you are like myself and may be living in the smaller rural or remote towns of this great country.

I just finished playing in our local town end of the season tournament. The average age of the young guns on our team is 22.It has been an interesting experience and a test of patience to play with these young guys this year. Like many of you, I'm a competitor and used to winning. This year, I took part in losing a lot of games and watching a lot of young guys make mistakes from not really knowing the game and not having the experience to gain the edge. It made me a better person I think to give them encouragement even though it hurt my ego to lose game after game.

In the mountains, this time of year, anything can happen with regard to weather and often does. Last night, we got 4 inches of rain in less than an hour and mudslides covered our roads all over the region. It just ocurred to me that we as aging athletes, are so fortunate to be involved with senior softball and athletics period. One of my very good friends from Charleston, SC whom I spent my surfing days with, is at home battling throat cancer and perhaps losing the battle. His mom shared with me this morning that he just doesn't have the strength to continue with the chemo any longer. Bugsy Chevrier was an incredible surfer and we battled in the water with one another throughout the 60's and we hitchhiked to Woodstock together in 69'. May his journey on this earth continue for awhile.

As a cancer survivor, I am blessed, thankful and appreciative for getting through it and I give senior softball some of the credit for that. I had to keep my body in shape for tournaments I was scheduled to play in. Some of you know this story and have one of your own.

In senior ball, I have been fortunate to meet, play with, play against and interact with many unique individuals, some whom I hold dear to me. Traveling to/from tournaments from this tiny Colorado town is not easy but it is worth it and is an important part of my life. My new bride, Robin, has allowed me to continue doing what I love and enjoy and I am grateful.

I am thankful to all those who have influenced me good and bad throughout the senior softball journey in which I travel. All of you have one as well and I hope to cross paths with so many more of you down the road. Perhaps some of you will share your thoughts here as I have done today and for one brief moment, let us leave the political arena and be thankful for the freedoms that most of us enjoy.
Ed Andrews
Telluride, Colorado
High Desert Dukes 60's
July 19, 2011
57 posts
Ed, although I am semi-retired and haven't had the opportunity to meet you face to face I want to say "thanks" for your post.
July 19, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
good post ed,do you know that i lived but 70 miles from Woodstock as a youngen and decided that $18 for a 2 day concert(when we paid $2-5 back then) was way to much and went up to montreal,cananda instead(and spent close to $50 or more) with a buddy of mine and hung out up there for a few days,oh well guess i missed out...LOL.
July 19, 2011
Men's 65
321 posts
Hi Ed,
Your thoughts express one of the main reasons I continue to play our game. Thanks for a terrific post and I hope to meet you one day. Regards to you and yours, Mel
July 19, 2011
88 posts
Ed, great post. It's amazing the gift every single Senior Softball Player has recieved. To have the ability, health, finances and support from our love ones to travel all over this wonderful country and play a game we love is a blessing.

The sad fact is you start a post about bat/ball combination and you'll get a hundred comments is a couple days. But when you post something with true heart felt meaining, like your post, a lot of players won't respond or add thier experiences.

Makes you wonder what's really important today.

I hope you buddy Bugsy has a faith in GOD. I also hope he enjoys every minute he has left in this world. I bet he wishes all he had to worry about was hitting a good ball with a super bat.
July 19, 2011
Men's 65
885 posts
Ed, Thanks for the obviously heart-felt words. We are, indeed, truly blessed to be able to play a kids' game at our ages!
July 19, 2011
Men's 65
3146 posts
Thanks Ed, great post!
July 19, 2011
Men's 70
165 posts
Super post, Thanks!
July 21, 2011
86 posts
Thank you Ed for the great post. My thought and prayes for your friend Bugsy.
July 21, 2011
Men's 50
451 posts
I don't know of ayone that has been hit by the cancer bug as bad as my family. I am one of 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls. My father passed away from cancer when he was 54 yrs old. My youngest sister was next at 47 yrs old. Then my oldest brother at 56 yrs old.Then my middle sister at 52 yrs old. Then my middle brother at 51 yrs old. That leaves me and 2 siblings and my mother. My oldest sister is a cancer surviver. My heart goes out to Bugsy, my prayers as well. It has changed how I look at things. I know that I am blest to have my health and to still be able to play a game that we all love and enjoy. Thanks Ed for reminding us how fortunate we all are.
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