I simultaneously love and hate baseball season. The hate primarily comes from having to get there two evenings a week. It’s a mad dash home from work, throwing dinner together, shoveling it in, and then racing out the door in order to get there in time for a half-hour practice before the 6:00 game. The game then goes until about 7:45, at which time we race home, jump into pajamas, brush teeth, and lights out. I can’t pull together anything particularly nutritious or satisfying for dinner – we’re talking frozen pizza or chicken nuggets and some carrot sticks. I try to put healthy things on the table so that we can have a healthy meal together, but during baseball season, I feel like I fail miserably at that goal.
The upside is that there are some really great aspects of baseball. Spending at least two nights a week sitting outside in the fresh air, soaking up the setting sun is pleasant. Watching Lydia bloom on the baseball diamond is amazing. She is really a joy to behold. She embraces every challenge that is thrown at her, and she relishes every second of it. So very, very different from my sports experience as a child – I really don’t know where she came from.
Aaron is also playing baseball this season. It’s coach-pitch, a step up from t-ball last year. This is the first year that he’s been an active participant, rather than needed me to hand-hold and nudge him along. He’s having fun, and his hitting, throwing, and catching are coming along very nicely. His games are a bit less of a trial – Saturday mornings are generally easy for us – we bring a snack, hang out, watch the “game”, then head home for lunch. Much more relaxed than the stress surrounding Lydia’s games!
I’m always so relieved when baseball season is over, but truth be told, I hope they both decide to play again next year. They have so much fun, and I have to admit that the positives outweigh the negatives for me!