When I think back over the past few months, there have been so many challenges. Yet, despite all the challenges, our family has enjoyed some wonderful moments. Our kids were disappointed to miss a high school baseball season, a machine pitch season in Little League, a trip to New Orleans to participate in a basketball event during the NCAA women’s Final Four, and racing in a BMX national near our home. However, while we have sheltered in place during the pandemic, my kids have had lots of quality time to spend together. Most afternoons, my 16 and 7 year-old sons spend time together in the makeshift batting cage we built in our yard where they can hit baseballs. They take their shirts off and take turns setting the baseballs on the tee for each other. They chat and laugh, as my older son instructs his younger brother on how to improve his swing. We have also had more time to play family games of basketball in the backyard and hit tennis balls against a wall, enjoying being active as a family, until the mosquitos are become unbearable as the sun goes down.
I wish COVID-19 wasn’t something everyone is experiencing, as people in our country and around the world continue to suffer immensely because of the disease. Under ordinary circumstances, our afternoons and weekends the past few months would have been packed full of a litany of sport practices and games. I have missed coaching Little League this season and watching my son pitch for his high school baseball team. However, despite the various challenges of the past months, I feel incredibly fortunate that we have had this time as a family to eat more dinners together, work on house projects and play sports together.
Going forward, as youth sports start to open up again, and we once again have tons of sports obligations, I want to make sure we continue to make an concerted effort to make time for my sons, daughter, husband and I to play, have fun and laugh together in our backyard.