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Just a quickie thought today.
My new kick? I am loving YouTuber Classic Baseball on the Radio and a few similar channels. This channel is more of an audio channel, I suppose. It plays radio play-by-play of some of the old World Series games as well as other games of note, exactly like the folks of the time would have hear it. I listened Sunday, while on a walk, to the first 3 innings of this gem:
Reading about the wily veteran lefty Whitey Ford pitching to a young, ultra-speedy outfielder named Lou Brock that the Cardinals just stole from the Cubs was great. I like reading old articles and books about those days, penned by amazing journalists Bob Broeg , Rick Hummel, and others. They are thorough, creative, and help you visualize the day they wrote about. However, I enjoy it even more to hear the amazing storytellers, the late Jack Buck and current legendary Mike Shannon, who latter who actually played in the above World Series, tell the stories of old. (Buck called some of the 1968 World Series, but an amazing lineup of Harry Caray, Curt Gowdy (Games 1–2, 6–7) Phil Rizzuto and Joe Garagiola (Games 3–5) and called the 64 series. Rizzuto and Garagiola were both amazing players on amazing teams.) But do you know what is the best of all, when it comes to baseball stories? Hearing my dad tell me, from a fan’s perspective…someone who was a fan at the time and watched and listened closely…tell me the stories. THAT is what I understand about baseball. I learn about it from the others, but I get it from my dad. He was there like I am there as I listen to the game above for the first time.
When your folks start aging, please tease out the old stories and write them down. Better yet, record them in audio. Better even yet…video record them and post them for others or privately for your family. BUT, please don’t let them fade or, worse, die. And, if/when your loved one is diagnosed with this terrible disease, step this project into overdrive in the early days. Don’t worry of there are gaps…you can’t change that. Fill them in on your own if you choose…but guard memories like precious gems. If you don’t, someday all there will be are pictures. Pass them on.
Here is the box score, if you care. 😉 Shannon had a sweet game.
Update: Mom looked happy and healthy, relatively speaking, on our video call this morning. Hoping to do a window call soon. I sure wish she could tell me the old stories again. 🙁