Growing up in New York, we may not have had as much access to greenery that my friends in the Northwest do. We didn't go fishing or swimming in the creek (because honestly, that might kill you), we didn't go hiking through the woods, but what we did was make use of our environment. Fire escape rungs became makeshift basketball hoops and one-way streets and alleys became makeshift football fields. Before we were allowed to head to the further out parks where blacktop courts and open meadows became our arenas of play (and even after, on days when we lacked the funds or the time) we dominated our blocks, then took our talents to other blocks in the neighborhood. And we enjoyed ourselves.
This summer, as I have for the last five summers since I moved out here, I played rec league softball with a team called the Shakrz. It tends to be the high point of my summer these days, because it brings me back to when I was a teenager and played with my friends. Am I particularly good? Hell no! But it's fun And I enjoy these people. We wrapped up our season this past weekend in a tournament where our best moment was a thrilling 14-13 win in extra innings.
|Fun moment with the team. Photo by Amy Hill.|
And just like that, we look up and the summer is almost over. God, that sucks. You look up and smile as you realize the roses smelled sweet, the heat that licked your skin left its indelible mark, and that there was never enough sunblock. You think of the sand between your toes and the picnic blanket you have in your trunk and you smile wistfully as fall approaches. You keep in mind one thing that will get you through the cold dark months ahead.
Summer is coming.