Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

It's hard to watch Little Leaguers learn by losing

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-- Emily Dickinson

At my house, we've been watching the Little League World Series a lot this week.

Georgia has a team doing well, and my wife claims to have baby-sat one of its coaches when he was Little League age.

We chuckled when the announcers talked about the Georgia kids already being back in school.

"Georgia starts school in August?" they asked, like we haven't invented air-conditioning yet.

We nodded to ourselves and laughed and kept watching the boys play.

The Little League World Series is an odd sporting event. You want your team to win, but you don't really want any of those young boys to lose.

It might be the only sports event like that I know.

You'd like to tell the players that one learns more from defeat than victory, but that's one of those life lessons we discover on our own.

SPEAKING OF SPORTS: DeeDee Davis writes; "My sister, Pat Harter, and the Augusta Stars bowlers went to Warner Robins (last) weekend for Special Olympics. Many brought home medals and ribbons for outstanding performance. Pat won a silver medal and is very proud. They had lots of fun and look forward to competing again in the future."

(Congratulations!)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: John Martone , of Aiken, reminds us: "No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats."

YOUR TRAVELS: Greg and Nancy Gelpi send a postcard from Jamaica and their honeymoon. Greg says climbing a 600-foot waterfall is now crossed off his list of adventures.

Farther north, Rocky and Suzanne Eiseman , Doug and Mary Fleiss and Steve and Mary Wagner say Alaska is gorgeous.

James and Camilla Hooper , of Edgefield, sent cards from Niagara Falls and Boston. Jack Carswell was in Peru checking out pre-Incan ruins. Now, he says, he's on his way to a "Lost City."

And Matt Miklas recently sent us a card from Long Beach Island, N.J. He corrected me because I said he was in Long Beach, Calif.

"California would have been nice too,"

TODAY'S JOKE: Frank Allen , of Augusta, shares this one.

An elderly couple was on a cruise, and it was really stormy. They were standing on the back of the boat watching the storm, when a wave came up and washed the old man overboard. They searched for days and couldn't find him, so the captain sent the old woman back to shore with the promise that he would notify her as soon as they found something.

Three weeks went by and finally the old woman got a fax from the boat. It read: "Ma'am, sorry to inform you, we found your husband dead at the bottom of the ocean. We hauled him up to the deck and attached to him was an oyster, and in it was a pearl worth $50,000. Please advise."

The old woman faxed back: "Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap."


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