2014-04-11 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

By Beth Hanning

Last week’s front cover of The Wave declared: “PLAY BALL.” I was excited because that is another one of the many signs that spring is on its way. I say on its way and not here yet, because technically Little League Baseball in both Rockaway and Broad Channel does not mean mild weather.

Little League Baseball beginning is an exciting time of the year. There is nothing more hilarious than a game of T-ball with the children running around in baseball jerseys that come below their knees, and then scurrying around like they are playing a game of tackle the ball. Nothing makes me laugh harder than the batter who runs towards the pitcher’s mound, then darts a quick right towards first base, of course after hearing a barrage of parents yelling to them. No matter how many times I see it, it always makes me chuckle. However, even when it starts to become warmer outside the temperature at both Fort Tilden and the Broad Channel Athletic Club Field are always about 10 degrees cooler than your home and since both are near the water both bring a cool breeze.

I have not been involved in Little League for many years, but one does not forget the cold, misty rain while you are holding on to a hot coffee to stay warm. I guess it is all for the best because the children do not even ask to go home or complain that they are too cold. Then the season completely changes and you are at Fort Tilden on Mother’s Day and the sun is scorching. (Of course there are games on Mother’s Day, what else would we want to do? P.S. There are usually no games on Father’s Day.)

I am involved in PSAL tennis. And of course I coach at Beach Channel High School where it is also 10 degrees colder than the rest of the world. Last Tuesday I stood on the courts freezing. When I went home my husband asked me if I enjoyed the mild weather. I had not been aware that there was mild weather to be enjoyed that day. I came home and thawed out from my match. Hopefully with each week of the spring sports season we will see warmer temperatures. Not so much for the children’s sakes, but for the parents and coaches who have to endure the elements.

I have a feeling that similar to the last few years we will not see much of a spring. We will go from winter coats and Uggs to shorts and flip-flops. Here is hoping that comes sooner than later.

Happy Passover to our readers.

****Thank you to the loyal readers who were initially annoyed at my editor Mr. Boyle for the omission of “Slice of Life” last week. However it was not Mr. Boyle’s fault. It was the weather’s fault and it made me deathly ill.

****Have a great week!

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