The morning after our wedding night was (the fall) daylight savings Sunday. How's that for a wedding gift? - one more hour to linger in bed. Yesterday's extra hour wasn't quite so luxurious, but was nonetheless appreciated, as we had a 7am hockey practice. I found myself feeling a bit despondent at the other end of the day when I noticed the sun low in the sky shortly after 3pm - that is going to take some getting used to. Even so, the afternoon was comfortable. I made a pear upside down cake (eh - too much ginger and sugar in the recipe) in between sporting events.
Yesterday was our neighborhood's World Cup, the last soccer event of the year. Every age group plays three short games, round robin style, within an hour. Teams are named by country - Abbott, part of team Argentina, is pictured above with his country's flag.
There is a kind of nakedness in people at these events. Some shout instructions from the stands, some cheer for their child or the whole team. There are those glued to their video cameras; others intermittently snap pictures. Clusters of people make occasional or regular small talk. I observed someone on the top row of the bleachers working a crossword puzzle the entire time. Many chase younger siblings and are unable to watch anything at all. I've been all these people at different times in my parenting life.