"cheese" and chickens
Long nights at the ballpark, people tromping in and out, rides offered, lessons taught, successes praised, failures consoled. Pep talks delivered, mound visits in the tense moments. A family who lets us take over their lives, one season at a time.
And the very best way I know how to say thanks is with a little piece of that family handed back--frozen in time.
Up in a tree, and playing the dirt. "Say cheese" (or something less appropriate that gets a laugh) and playing with the chickens.