Play Ball

We pulled into the lot with a feeling of nervous excitement. The team was gathering already, not huddled up chatting before warm ups started but keeping a distance between each other. The entrance was attended by a masked young man checking that each player was accompanied by only one adult. The usually crowded fields, walkways, and bleachers looked sparse. The dug outs were extended by folding chairs on the first and third base lines. I walked the perimeter of the field looking for my spot six feet away from another parent. I set up my chair in the outfield and the feeling of happy anticipation before a game returned at last. I had missed this feeling. I would usually take advantage of the downtime waiting for a game to begin to read my book or catch up on some work. Instead, I soaked it all in. The sun beat down on the field. The freshly combed dirt spit dust in the air as the pre-game drills began. The continuous ding of the bats hitting, along with the smacking of the gloves catching, signaled a beginning. The girls’ joy at being together was refreshing.

Game time-ready positions, swinging bats, cheering fans, questionable calls. Yes, softball is back and so is a piece of normal. Play ball.

8 thoughts on “Play Ball

  1. This is so awesome. It’s amazing how this game can draw such beautiful description out of writers like you. My daughters wanted to begin softball this year, but then COVID canceled the season. Not sure if there will be an opportunity to play this summer in my area. But congratulations on getting that piece of normal back in your lives (great pics!).

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  2. My favourite lines: “ The sun beat down on the field. The freshly combed dirt spit dust in the air as the pre-game drills began. The continuous ding of the bats hitting, along with the smacking of the gloves catching, signaled a beginning. The girls’ joy at being together was refreshing.” This is brimming with vitality and brings the reader into the experience.

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  3. It just goes to show you how people CAN work together! The description you give made had me hearing the dings of the ball on the bat! Yay for the embracing the familiar by soaking it all in! This makes me sooooo happy for the kids!

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