Baseball season has ended. Fall basketball leagues won’t start for another six weeks or so. What will I do with all of this spare time on my hands? For starters I have to get caught back up on what I’ve neglected. I have referee stuff strewn about the house. Whistles, uniforms, rule books, camp information, cold weather jackets, shoes, etc, etc. Believe it or not….I’m preparing for basketball season already, which officially starts for me on November 20th in a small town forty minutes west of here. I also need to haul stuff to the landfill. There’s just something about moving, and then re-moving, then re-moving again…three daughters about their various apartments and cities that we now have one wrecked futon (I accidently drove over it with the truck…I wasn’t paying attention) two old dorm mini refrigerators, an old TV (weighs around 800 pounds, and old playground slide (not from their apartment) and various junk.
It’ll be a time to reconnect with relatives in other states, getting Mom back to her old stomping grounds and slowing down to sit and visit. Beers and burgers with friends. Movies and shooting hoops with my Little Brother from Big Brothers. Lining up help for a Christian Men’s Retreat this fall. Sitting in a lawn chair, eating ice cream in the evening as the neighbor kids ride their bikes up and down the sidewalk. It’ll mean driving along gravel roads on warm and humid summer mornings…watching the Killdeers race across the road while old ghosts from my past watch from the cornrows and pastures. It’ll be a time when I drive two hours in one direction to have lunch and laughs with cousins that I don’t see enough of. When others ask what I did with my day off I’ll reply…”not much of anything” but in reality…I refilled my soul.
This coming basketball season brings change…I’ve joined a new crew that lives a lot closer to me and that I’ve known for years. We’re friends off the court, which is a benefit as well…and I’ll still be able to work a few games with my old crew…which is a blast as well…I really am blessed in this regard and practically in every regard.
Summer’s here…its time to relax.
I hope that your summer is good as well.