I'd only briefly skimmed over Garrett's answers to my senior questionnaire before putting the sheet of paper in the back of my vehicle alongside my camera gear. We were on the move to another spot, so the paper got lost in shuffle. The next evening I found the sheet with bright blue ink distorted from water that had spilled from my sons' water bottles that'd been put back there for the following evening's t-ball events. Ugh! As I am attempting to read any portion of the blue watercolored mess, it hit me...I'm sure Garrett's mom has been in a similar situation. You see, Garrett is an amazing baseball player (even with a full-ride scholarship!), but he didn't start off amazing. He probably started 12+ years ago, at a tee, swinging like there was no tomorrow and missing. He kept with it though. Swing, connect with the ball, run, repeat. He practiced, and made his dreams come to life. If there is even an ounce of "Garrett" in my boys, I'd be one happy parent.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to adults?
Garrett: If you want someone to act like an adult, treat them like one.
Truth! As a parent, I sometimes forget this. I expect a lot of my children and sometimes fail to realize they're still just kids. So although I know Garrett was referring to the teen years (Lord help me when that comes), it's the same concept for younger children.
If you could choose to be raised by robots, dinosaurs, or aliens, which one would you pick? Why?
Garrett: Aliens, because I would get to travel through space.
...but Garrett...there's one problem I see with this. There's no gravity in space, so how would you play baseball?!?
If you had access to a time machine, where and when would you go?
Garrett: To the future to see what I had done with my life.
The future can be a tricky thing. If you could see what you'd done with your life, would you change it? A big part of me says that you'd not need to see your future Garrett. I'm fairly positive your future will be great. Between your awesomeness on the baseball field, your personality, and your outlook on life, I see your future being a wonderful thing to look forward to.
Thank you Garrett for being awesome! I wish you nothing but the best!