A fall free of field sports — FranklyStein


I’m afraid to say it out loud because I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we might have our fall weekends back. At least some of them.

After years of weekends packed with multiple soccer, field hockey and even lacrosse games, none of our kids are playing a field sport this fall for the first time in 11 years. Maggie gave up field sports when she went to high school two years ago. Lilly decided against playing high school field hockey this year and has quit club lacrosse. Adam is playing water polo, which doesn’t infringe on many weekends, and Jonah’s soccer team disbanded due to lack of players.

coffee on porchThis means I haven’t had to plot out a color coded game and practice schedule on our Google calendar. It means that we might be able to spend weekends working on the house or maybe even doing something fun as a family. It means I might have a few minutes to sit on our front porch, drink a cup of coffee and watch the leaves change.

Before I get too excited, however, I’m waiting for the swimming schedules to be finalized. All the kids are still swimming and are divided between two different teams this year. That means we will have different meets to attend, plenty of volunteer hours to fulfill and a crazy practice schedule that includes Saturday mornings.

But now that we have one extra driver, I’m thinking none of this will be too bad. It can’t be nearly as bad as falls past when we had up to two soccer games, three field hockey games, two lacrosse games and six practices crammed in every weekend.

I used to dread fall but this year, I’m looking at the calendar and letting out a long sigh of relief. Maybe I’ll miss it all, but I doubt it.

Care to join me on the porch for a pumpkin spice latte?

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.