Norman Joins The Baseball Team
by Emma Foster
There once was a stork named Norman. Every morning from a high spot in a tree he would watch the children from a nearby neighborhood walk down the street to the bus stop. The bus stop was right next to the zoo, which was where Norman lived.
His favorite part of the day, though, was when some of the kids came to the baseball field to practice. The field was right next to the zoo, and Norman enjoyed the game of baseball so much he decided to join the team.
The coaches were a little shocked at first to see that a stork was trying out for the team, but they decided to give Norman a chance. Norman was given his very own baseball bat, and he stepped up to the plate.
The first time Norman swung at the ball he missed, and a fifth grade boy yelled, “Strike one!” Norman hit the ball the second time, and flew to first base. It was then that Norman learned that you weren’t supposed to fly in baseball, and you had to make sure your baseball bat didn’t go flying as well.
Norman didn’t make it to first base anyway. One of the boys grabbed the ball off the ground and threw it to another boy at first base. The coach said that Norman was out, but Norman was still welcome on the team.
The first game was that Saturday. It was the last inning and Norman was up to bat. The bases were loaded.
The other team’s pitcher threw the ball, Norman swung the bat, and the ball sailed up into the sky. It was a home run! Norman and his team won the game, and Norman was allowed to stay on the baseball team.
Where the birds make their nests; The stork has her home in the fir trees. (Psalms 104:17 NKJV)
Thanks, Emma, for another delightful story, this time about Norman.
Emma is a teenager now, and I suggested she write us another story. This was her latest then. See her other ones in the Bird Tales section.
Norman might be that friendly Stork that hangs out at Lake Morton I encountered recently. Didn’t see a baseball cap though.
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I really like the children’s features, Lee. And that photo is special. Did you eventually pet this stork or did he keep his distance?
No, but I could have. That beak is pretty big. They are very friendly. Thanks for liking the younger reader articles. I am trying to balance them. Emma really enjoys writing. She is working on a turkey story now. Stay tuned.