The kids with newest Detroit Tiger Dontrelle Willis
Tonight we (the kids and I) met up with a friend of mine from DU for the Detroit Tigers Winter caravan stop at EMU. She was able to get us VIP passes to the meet and greet before the rally. It was a wonderful treat given by a wonderful human being. We were able to walk up and talk to the players, coaches and GM. They had a great time and Nicole was able to make it through the whole thing, even the rally. I was a little concerned but she made the decision to do it. Magglio had to cancel but I don't think it bothered her one bit. We'll save that for another time maybe. After the rally we went out to dinner with Molly. She was so very thoughtful and I am always knocked speechless by the kindness that people have shown to my children and me. It makes an unbearable pain a little less so.
I only had one moment where tears threatened, in an otherwise really happy evening. When they showed the season in review on video before the rally. Last year Justin Verlander pitched a no hitter. My husband used to bug us about watching every game. As in,"Do you really have to watch every game?" That night I walked in the door (I can't remember where I was) and saw him sitting in his chair, watching the game. I said,"You're watching baseball willingly?" and he smiled. He also chewed gum (for gumtime) right alongside us when Magglio hit the homerun that would vault the Tigers into the World Series in 2006. He was always there when it mattered, sharing the fun. And I can't imagine life without that shared happiness. Somedays I can't imagine a life filled with decades at all. So I try not to. I try to enjoy the little breaks and rests from it...like tonight.
Thank you, Molly. That was wonderful of you.