Ben's room has always been the easiest one in my home to decorate …
Why? Because he cares only about baseball! So if baseball is the decorating theme, the kid is happy.
His interests have widened over the years (to include girls!), but in his world, BASEBALL ROCKS 'N RULES! In fact, the first piece of 'art' I bought for his room when he was about a year old was a vintage-style baseball print. I love vintage and am happy that it still hangs over his bed, three houses later. He also has signed photos of old baseball players, old postage stamp baseball figures, trophies, signed professional baseballs in cases, his own game balls in cases … We need to get a bat rack now because he has a couple of signed baseball bats that could be very well displayed that way. And I'm sure he will collect more.
Yeah, baseball is a way of life as far as our Ben is concerned. I know I've mentioned it before, but my sister-in-law gave me a plaque that says, "We interrupt this family for baseball season." I would only change it to say, "We interrupt this family for baseball. PERIOD. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Get real."
Good! Because that's that way it is.
Ben's dreams for his future have baseball as the focal point, framing them, and pretty much consuming the whole of them. He spent this past weekend with the coaching staff of Arizona State University, training and skill refining. After the first day, he was thrilled to have been a part of it, but after the second day, came home totally motivated for hitting. He is a good hitter, knows how to read the ball out of the pitcher's hand, and yet, still learned MORE from the hitting coach from ASU. It's wonderful to know that there is more to learn!
You might not be able to see the title on this page, but it reads, "Arizona State University/Hitter's Creed/Trust the Plan". It then outlines 20 things that a good hitter must be cognizant and confident of every time he approaches the plate.
Furthermore, you might not be able to see that Ben used dirty, spent athletic tape to secure it crookedly to the wall. (It makes me giggle to think that this is the same tape that was on his wrist or ankle just earlier. He's a frugal kid, too!) AND you can't tell (because of the buttery, blurry, bokeh background that I'm so thankful for at the moment!) that Ben's bed is unmade! I love buttery, blurry backgrounds. They hide a multitude of sins. [It is a sin in our house to not make your bed in the morning! It could cost you a privilege. Ben has a 'multitude of sins' at the moment. He'll probably be losing a multitude of privileges. And now it's on the .www! … ("but love covers a multitude of sins" will be his argument! ;)]
What I love about the fact that he hung this 'Creed' just inside his bedroom door is that *I* didn't hang it. I had nothing to do with it. He didn't even ask me whether he could hang it or not. He came home from the ASU Camp and hung it in an extremely visible place because it is meaningful to him, it motivates him, and he wants to achieve goals.
Decorating aside, this is something adorning Ben's space that is all about him, about his passion, about what he wants to remember, about a weekend he spent with people from whom he learned a ton, about his dedication…
Having a 'Creed" means you are committing to something outside of yourself, and "trusting the plan" shows that there are steps to take to achieve a goal. Posting that "creed" and that "plan" means that you are passionate and committed to seeing results. Dedication is your modus operandi.
May God grant me the wisdom to respond to my child's dedication (and to not care about the soiled, crooked way he taped the Creed on his wall!)
… and may God further grant me the 'love to cover his multitude of *measly* sins'!