It’s hard not to feel a little glum right now. The days are getting shorter and my team is out of the playoffs — in a heartbreaking as usual way.
My daughter Elizabeth handed me the late Bart Giamatti’s essay on how “baseball breaks your heart.” It is a beautifully written piece and I encourage everyone to read it.
Here is just a taste:
“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone.”
As I mourn the end of another season, I try to remain optimistic.
My great colleagues Jeff Krasner, Bill Pacocha and I put together a “Spun from the Web” for Real to Reel (on WWLP-TV22 Saturdays at 7 p.m.) which tries to put a cheery face on fall. I list my top ten reasons why I like fall.
I invite you to watch it. As of now, it’s scheduled for Halloween night. I encourage you to make your own cheery list.
I think this picture will give you an idea for one good reason.
Also, this weekend my daughter, Elizabeth, and I discovered this wonderful book about bullying. It’s from American Girl which makes the awesome dolls. However, this book goes way beyond a toy. It has a lesson for readers of all ages. I recommend it sooooo much for families.
If you are looking for a good Christmas gift for a youngster, then this is it.
It is a topic that everyone needs to discuss more. There is a second book with Chrissa and a movie that will be released soon.
On a lighter note, I went searching through my cupboards and found my mother’s old nut chopper. I think I am going to finally try and make her pecan tarts this year. My new mixer continues to inspire.