Keller: Baseball with grandson is crowning achievement

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My grandson, Geoffrey Michel, and I decided to spend the weekend in Sulphur, Louisiana, to attend the State Baseball Championships.

Since St. Charles Catholic High School and Riverside Academy were two of the 28 teams seeking the titles, that was enough to get us excited.

We left early Friday morning, ready for a full day of baseball. My son-in-law, Michael, (Geoffrey’s dad) made reservations for us at the Hampton Inn.

We arrived at the ballpark at 11:45 a.m. for the 1 p.m. game and afterwards decided to watch a few other games.

We got to the hotel at 11:30 that night. Before I went to bed, I said, “Geoffrey, I’m not sure if I snore, but if I do, wake me up.”

When I woke up the next morning, he said, “Paw-Paw, don’t ever wonder if you snore, because you really do and you do it well.”

“Why didn’t you wake me up?”

“Why? So you could go back to sleep and continue snoring?”

Saturday morning I took a walk for exercise and Geoffrey, who enjoys running, did his thing.

We had a good breakfast and met some people from Thibodaux who were there with the E.D. White team.

On the way to the ballpark, we decided to stop and eat at Cracker Barrel, even though we both said we weren’t hungry. (Our family has a habit of eating before we get hungry.)

Arriving at the ballpark at 12:30 p.m. for a 3 p.m. game gave us a choice of two other games to take in.

The 3 p.m. game was between St. Charles Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic of Hammond.  St. Charles lost 3-1 in a good game which ended a great season for the Comets.

On the way home, we talked about the many hurting people in the world. In the course of our conversation, Geoffrey said, “Paw-Paw, do you think simple people enjoy life more?”

I immediately said, “Yes, I’m having a great time!” Geoffrey had to laugh.

We talked about many things in those two days, including the people we knew with integrity, our closest friends, people we didn’t especially care for and personal relations.

I asked Geoffrey who he considered to be a master of personal relations. Without much thought he said, “My mother.”

I had to agree that his mother, Ronny, is an expert in personal relations.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Sulphur, the ballgames and our conversations. The one thing that made it so special was spending time with Geoffrey and realizing how blessed Jeanne and I have been.

In Proverbs 17:16 it says, “Children’s children are the crown of old men.” Geoffrey is one of 15 jewels in my crown.

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