From the sidelines
Many parents of high school or junior-high aged kids have enjoyed the past few days of spring break.
A couple of high school sports teams also decided it was a good idea to either play a non-region game or head out of town completely to go play at a tournament held in a different state.
That’s actually a very cool thing to do if you’ve never travelled outside the state, but this time of year should also serve as a time to kick back, unwind, and maybe get a few things done around the house here and there.
For me, the action will continue locally for high school sports. Davis is set to play Syracuse Thursday in the final game of a three-game set, and a few other local teams will be on the road to play games as well.
The games were pretty sparse this week due mostly to the break, which puts a moratorium on sports being played unless, like the Bountiful and Viewmont baseball teams, you took the bus to another state.
But other than catching a game or two from the high school level, I’ve been at home trying to catch up on the early Major League Baseball action.
Besides that, I’ve been trying to take it easy while preparing for the long road ahead.
Spring is a good time to take a deep breathe and relax. When I was in high school and the break came along, I had the luxury of being able to stay home and watch a few innings of baseball here and there.
Like several of my friends, I also went outside to play football, baseball or basketball until it was dark.
By the time the break was over, family vacations were ending and homework had been completed and ready to go for the following Monday, and I became well-prepared for the final weeks of high school.
I didn’t play any high-school related sports, which left me plenty of time to do whatever I wanted or needed to have done.
My college years weren’t much different. When the break approached, the workload decreased and left me time to sit back and enjoy the week ahead.
During the career years those times change; however. As a teenager or young adult you just want to stay home, and family vacations seem like a waste without your friends.
While you’re in your working years; however, all you want to do is plan a vacation with the family just to get away from everything you’ve been doing for the past several months.
I wouldn’t mind going back to Seattle to catch a few Mariners baseball games. The team’s newly-acquired Robinson Cano is sure to be a draw during the season, and I’ve never seen him play in person.
A much cheaper road trip might get me to Saint George for a visit to Lake Powell, a place my wife has never been despite living in Utah her entire life.
Cheaper than that even is a trip to a few local sports sites such Rio Tinto and the newly-named Smith’s Field for a Real Salt Lake or Bees game.
Tickets are cheap and the regular season is just getting underway for both sports, which is a good enough reason to get out and support the professional athletes.
So take a deep breathe and relax if you can. I know I will.