, Newburyport, MA


May 16, 2014

As always, parents step up to the plate


Parents of my generation didn’t have to worry about choice because demands were limited.

I ran track in high school. My parents did provide my running shoes that lasted three years, but it was a major expense at that time.

For one sport or another in a long list of them today, parents do the same at costs far beyond the price of a pair of running shoes but even those are costly.

There are said to be too many parents who expect results beyond the ability of their young to deliver.

There have been enough lessons learned over the years for parents not to expect too much too soon from their young.

As for that, I did what I could do with five or our own, and those of their families later by cheering for their efforts despite outcomes.

I learned that by running as best I could in both the half mile and mile.

I never won a race because our Co-Captain, David Caldwell, of Byfield, was faster than all of us, and just about everyone else in our meets with others.

Hopefully, that’s what the great number of parents will do for their own I thought as the light turned green and I turned for home.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and former executive editor of The Daily News.

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