It is truly amazing what some perfect weather, the sweet smell of grass, and a cool soft breeze can do for the mind. Having lived the apartment life for a few years now I often miss the luxury of a yard. Your own little outdoor oasis. I did not realize how much I missed it until today.
Kurt is the new baseball coach for Hillcrest Middle School. Now, all you coaches out there know this little fact that I am slowly but surely learning. The baseball field (or any other sports field for that matter) is your Jewel, your pride and joy. Its appearance is a direct reflection on you and your team. A field primed to perfection can intimidate the visiting team, make star players wish they played for you, and even give you a little job security ; ) Therefore, in the midst of basketball season field preparation is underway. Kurt's Dad, a coach himself, understanding this dire need took his veterans day off and hauled his top of line lawn mower and seed spreader from Brewton to Tuscaloosa. Kurt was up by 7:30 on his day off to eat breakfast and head up to the field for a day of cutting grass, spreading rye grass, fertilizing the seed, fixing pitching mounds, moving back stops, and having basketball practice in between. Of course I came along to help! This included a lot of following, watching, sitting, and some reading mixed in there. Oh wait, I did move some bags of seed and ride on the four wheeler with Kurt while he was spreading seed : )
While I do think this is a little amusing I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I always love being outside. I love smelling the grass, the clear blue of the sky, the way the breeze feels around me. I love being outside in the woods, at the lake, at the beach, in a garden, at a park, or on a ball field. It just always has a way of calming me and clearing my head like nothing else does. Today was no exception and definitely provided me with some great outdoor therapy after a very frustrating few weeks (more like whole semester) with my methods placement. I do not think it is any accident that I can feel God's calming peace the most in the presence of his creation. Thankfully, after years with out a yard of my own it looks like we just acquired a really big one!