Sunday, April 08, 2007

Austin's new friend

Austin made a new friend on this season's ball team. D is also homeschooled, and I don't know if that is what makes the difference or not. But D really seems to like Austin and actively looks for him after the ball games. (When the game is over, Austin loads up his stuff and heads for wherever Coach has the team meeting, then he heads to the car. It's just what he does. He's not trying to be rude, it's just what he does). They have this little handshake/salute thing that they do, and they even do it during the game. D usually plays first base when Austin is pitching, and after he strikes a runner out he looks to D to do the salute.

You can't really see it very clearly in these pictures, but D is much bigger than Austin! D is much closer to Austin's daddy's size than to Austin! This picture below just makes me so happy... I have no idea what they were talking about, or if Austin was carrying on a conversation in the 'proper' way or not, but this was a neat thing to see.

So you see why, when D invited Austin to his birthday party, I had to let Austin go, even though it was the evening of my own birthday. As it turns out, Austin was the ONLY friend D invited! They went to a place called Jillian's, which is Chuck E Cheese for adults! It's noisy, chaotic, semi-dark. Daddy went with Austin to 'hang out' and since Daddy is the baseball coach, it didn't seem too odd. Austin had alot of fun, according to dad, and handled things well.
I hope we can stay in contact with D and his family after the ball season is over. They seem to have alot in common. They have 5 or 6 children in their family (I lost count!), the baby of the family being an adorable girl. His oldest brother is 16 and went to school for the first time this year --- the brother's name is Austin and he drives a Ford Mustang! D also plays the drums, like our Austin. It's kind of freaky to be honest! D seems like a really nice boy, and I hope to encourage the friendship!

1 comment:

The Glasers said...

I think that is so awesome. I have found homeschoolers to be much more accepting about differences because they are not surrounded by peers all day! Three cheers for Austin and his friend, D!!!!