It’s that time of the year!!!
Football season!! I know it’s pre-season, but it’s not “just” pre-season; it’s “you get to watch your favorite team many times and see who all the second and third string players are and who can be a back-up for your favorite players” season!
You really get a chance to see players on your team who you’ll probably seldom even hear of again – if you’re lucky, because if you don’t hear much about these “new” players, it means your first string is all right.
Besides. No pressure. No season rankings. Just plain, pure football playing.
So, time for football to begin!! And time to take out the knitting needles again!
Five-year-olds love alligators.
Last year Grandson Cooper got a bear in the woods with big pine trees, just like where he lives in the High Sierras:
But this time he knows he’s going to get that alligator — and he’s excited, so I have to deliver.
I know, the world seems to be in such serious trouble, about to “break” – so how could we be thinking of football?
I could get all philosophical about the importance of recreation . . . The saints caution us against too much frivolity. But they also warn us against too much seriousness and tell us that a little fun and recreation spice up our lives and keep us from getting all tied up in knots.
The story goes that there was a young monk who was playing some sort of ball game, and a man looked on with surprise at the young man’s obvious involvement in the fun. “You’re a monk! What if you knew Jesus should come to take your soul right now and find you playing games?!”
The young monk replied, “If I knew that, I would continue on playing because this is the hour designated for my recreation – and Jesus would find me doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.”
There are many variations on that story, but it shows us an important point. Do what you are supposed to be doing, right now, in the manner in which it should be done, for as long as it should be done, before you go on to the next thing that you should be doing, according to your station in life.
Just focus on your duty. That ought to eliminate a lot of stress in life.
Meanwhile, I’ll worry about not dropping stitches and getting the pattern just right – and I’ll worry about not dropping passes and working through those patterns . . .
My team is, of course, the