Ryan Ballengee, reporting that Bubba Watson will be throwing out the first pitch for the minor league Pensacola Wahoos next Friday, notes that Bubba also answered a fan question on Twitter about missing playing.
Watson pulled out of the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship to spend time at home with his wife, Angie, and newly adopted son, Caleb, who cannot leave Florida while the adoption process is finalized. He tweeted he will likely take the entire month of May off from the PGA Tour.
Asked by a fan on Twitter if he is itching to get back to playing, Watson replied, "Not missing golf at all."
I have been fortunate to become a father both biologically and through adoption. The only thing about the two that is identical is the way you feel: there isn’t a shred of difference in how much you love them.
Virtually everything else is different. You do not have nine months to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Sure, once you begin the adoption process you can buy all the requisite baby materials, but if you believe in karma even a little bit, you’re almost scared to do so.
More important, there is no way to prepare for the emotional roller coaster. There are almost always false starts: You think you’re going to get a baby and then, often at the last second, you don’t. Adoption laws have changed through the years to give adoptive parents more rights, but there are still cases where adoptive parents hold a child in their arms, instantly fall in love and then are told, “sorry, this isn’t your child.”
Thank God I never went through that but do know people who have. I can promise that every prospective adoptive parent lies awake at night worrying that it might happen to them.