Sweet Russell

Last night Russell had t-ball practice.  It is quite entertaining to watch 30 4-6 year olds learning how to play.  When one player is up to bat, the rest of them are in charge of fielding the ball and throwing it back in to the coach who is at home base.  The problem is there is only one ball and there are more than one little guy or girl trying to get the coveted ball.  Sometimes it turned into tackle t-ball as all the kids were diving in to each other trying to get their hands on it.  Needless to say, more than one got hurt!  As I was sitting on the sideline, I was very interested to watch Russell and how he would handle all of this.  Fortunately when he would run after the ball, if someone else would get it first, he would just run back to his position and not join in the tackle.  Because of this, he did not end up with very many balls to throw back in.  One time, however, he did come up with the ball.  I watched his little face as he was so excited to finally have a chance to practice his throwing.  I watched him wind up to throw it.  As he started to throw it, he looked at the little boy standing next to him.  I could see his face as his mind processed the situation.  He stood there with his arm cocked for a couple of seconds and then changed his mind and handed the ball to the little boy standing next to him, who proceeded to throw the ball in.  At that moment I felt so proud of him!  How sweet that he thought of the other little guy when he so wanted a chance with the ball.  As if that wasn’t good enough, a few minutes later the little boy was running after a ball and tripped and fell.  Russell ran over to him right away and bent down to see if he was all right.  He reached his hand out to help him up.  Then as the little boy stood up, Russell bent down and brushed all the dirt off of the little boy’s pant knees.  I can’t say how proud I was of him as I watched.  He is so sweet and has such a kind heart!


  1. Bizzer said,

    April 24, 2008 at 10:48 am

    That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard! Jackie your boys are so amazing! Love you guys!!!

  2. Cassie said,

    April 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I can’t believe this story! It is exactly what I needed to start the day. Tell Russell we are so proud of him, and love him very much!

  3. abbymaile said,

    April 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Okay, Jackie, I’m not supposed to be sitting here at my computer sobbing. That is the sweetest thing I’ve heard in quite some time. Bless his little heart. Can’t wait to see you guys soon. Love and loves.

  4. Katie B said,

    April 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m sitting here crying. I can just see him doing all of those sweet and thoughtful things. I just looked up to see Abby’s comment and am glad to know I’m not the only bawl baby today. We sure miss you guys. . . Jax’s tball starts in two weeks and its just not going to be the same without you guys there. Love you!


  5. candyjavier said,

    April 24, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I am totally crying, too! What a wonderful example he is for not only all of those other children, but for his little brothers. I can’t wait for him and Tori to be able to play together. Hurry up and get here!

  6. Jenny said,

    April 25, 2008 at 1:16 am

    That is so sweet! What a sympathetic heart–is that something you teach kids, or do they just know?

  7. April 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    You know what is so awesome about this story? That is the stuff that truly makes you proud of your kids. Good grades, athletic ability, musical talent, all of those things are great, but what I long to see more than anything else in my kids is kindness and maturity in the way they treat other people. That’s where it gets truly awesome. I’m so glad that you got to see it in Russell. You guys got one special little guy there, AND I bet you are doing a thing or two right.

  8. Bob Davis said,

    April 29, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Very descriptive, Jackie. T-ball is a very interesting sport to watch, isn’t it?Sometimes it even resembles baseball, but not that often. I am glad that Russell was kind because that is not something that one usually sees in sports. Kindness and sports are frequently mutually exclusive. Both you and big Russell are so kind that little Russ would naturally be that way too. Great writing!!

    Love, Dad

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