“Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.”

A howling wind, falling snow or icy sleet battering the house and yard wouldn’t matter. Today would still be spring. Today the Red Sox play their first game of the season. I dream about today on the worst winter days when I need dreams the most. On the coldest of days I let baseball give me hope. I see in my mind’s eye the Green Monster and the fresh grass of Fenway. I think about cheering for the home team, eating hot dogs and popcorn, watching games on warm summer nights and throwing my arms into the air as I scream at a home run or moan at an error. The Sox have stumbled of late. Two out of the last three seasons my Sox were in last place. In the middle of those two seasons they won the World Series. Today they are perfect.

Sometimes Easter was at the start of spring vacation while other years, like this one, Easter was early and Monday was back to school. That was always the worst of Mondays. Our energy had been spent over the three-day weekend. By Sunday night we were exhausted from the excitement of wearing new clothes, finding our baskets filled with chocolate and small gifts and spending all afternoon with the cousins. Getting up, eating breakfast, putting on our uniforms and then walking to school were arduous tasks. It was a day of lethargy when turning the pages of a text-book took far too much energy. The classroom was unusually quiet. No rustling sounds broke the silence. The only signs of Easter were the jelly beans, the big ones where every color tasted the same, wrapped in wax paper in our lunch boxes. We’d finish our sandwiches then put the jelly beans in our coat pockets to eat outside during recess. I remember they all had a bit of lint from my pocket. I didn’t care.

Easter was the best. Dinner was spectacular. We were given the same table by the window we’ve had for three years in a row. Our blinking bunny, from an Easter basket three years ago, joined us for his third time at the table. That he still blinks we find amazing. Outside the window the view was beautiful. The sky and the ocean were different blues. The water, the deepest of blues, had a greenish tint while the sky was light blue along the horizon and darker blue above. Small white caps tapped the shoreline. The beach grass was brown, its winter color. We toasted the day and sat for a bit savoring the moment before ordering dinner. My drink had blackberries. It was delicious. I had lamb, mashed potatoes and onions infused with soy sauce. Little was left on my plate at the end of dinner, but I managed to squeeze in a chocolate dessert, the perfect ending for the best Easter ever until next year’s.

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16 Comments on ““Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    How I wish we had any baseball team nearby here. Today would have been perfect to watch a game since the sun has been shining all day, the wind has been mostly calm and it has been really warm too. I think there’s a sports channel that shows Your baseball but I’m not sure which one and the game would start late and end even later so I wouldn’t be able to watch it all anyway 🙂

    Spring vacation is always together with easter here, it’s either the week before or after, depending on where one lives so not all families tries to get somewhere to live up in the mountains for that last week with skiing down hill. and this day is a holiday too here, I’ve never really understood why but why complaining for a paid day of from work 🙂

    I’m glad the dinner was a success! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ocean blue up here, it always look more dark greenish-grey, it is blue around the Canary islands though, very beautiful!

    Have a nice last day of easter!


    • katry Says:

      It is cold here still for baseball. It means bundling up in layers, but when it is sunny and warm, the ballpark is one of the best places to be.

      Today is Easter Monday so any day with a special name could be a day off.

      Spring vacation is generally around the middle of April. That Monday is Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts and for many people a day off from work. It is also the day of the Boston Marathon.

      Dinner was wonderful. I enjoyed every morsel of it.

      Have a wonderful Easter Monday!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I was rolling through downtown this morning, the lights were on at Comerica waiting for Mr Price and the capacity crowd to settle in to their seats after a morning of high jinx.

    I will make my season debut on Thursday afternoon along with family from Basel who will be experiencing Michigan and the Detroit Tigers for the very first time. Perhaps they will be smitten and choose to wear the D, that would be nice

    I tried to watch the Cubs last night but wasn’t interested but its time once again for the Tigers, spring is in the air, Verlander is on the DL and JD has already hit his first home run.

    ‘Tis the season

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The boys are playing the Phillies. Starting with the National League seems strange, but the number of inter-league games is getting higher and higher each year.

      I do hope the family enjoys the game. I think the atmosphere at a ballpark is so much fun during games which may help. It would be nice were they to wear the D.

      I looked in at the game for a bit but much as I like the Cubbies I wanted to wait for the Sox. They are leading 1-0 on a Pedroia home run. Good to have him back healthy.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Happy Opening Day!
    I’m not a baseball fan anymore but Opening Day is always a day to be celebrated. It means winter is over. 🙂 The news this morning showed Fenway. It looks like summer in there. Green grass and no snow.
    In 2012 the Red Sox finished last. In 2013 they won the World Series. In 2014 they finished last. Do you see a pattern? We can only hope. 😀

    Lamb was on my menu yesterday, too. I did it with lots of garlic, rosemary and lemon. Lovely. Sides were roasted potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts. I used to loath Brussels sprouts but roasting them makes them taste so much better.

    Today is mostly cloudy with the sun trying to be bright behind the clouds. The dogs and I spent a bit of time outside this morning. They lounged about the yard while I chopped back brush next to the back door. Lots of clean up out there this year but perhaps I can get it neat and planted with beautiful things. It would be a nice spot for morning coffee.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I am also hoping for the same pattern. The predictions for the Sox are all over the place but they lowest projection is 4th. A few have predicted they’d take the American League banner. We can only hope.

      It is whole week until they open at home. That is always so exciting. They did hire people who shoveled the seating areas. A special tarp was on the grass for quick melting.

      I am so so on Brussels sprouts. Roasting them is the newest trend and it gets great reviews. I’m even thinking of trying that.

      Today is sunny but cold. I was going to go to Agway to get cat, dog and bird food and CVS, but I got lazy. I still may go to CVS later.

      I had my landscaper move two bushes out of the front garden as they had gotten big. Now I have space for more flowers. I have a list of possibilities. I’m excited for flowers!

      Have a great afternoon!!

      • Caryn Says:

        I’m a big fan of roasting everything in my counter top oven which is really just a glorified toaster oven. But I like the idea of setting the temperature and the time, shoving the food in and walking away from it until the bell dings.
        Try sautéing brussels sprouts and adding dried cranberries and cooked bacon. Maybe a little fancy vinegar, too. Divine.

      • katry Says:

        I love the sounds of those sprouts. When next I shop I’ll buy the ingredients.

        I have some chicken I need tonic so that will be a perfect time.

  4. J Says:

    Hi Kat
    Happy Opening Day
    You’ve got to hear Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers’ “As We walk to Fenway Park in Boston Town”. No season can start without it.
    I think it was on the Fever Pitch soundtrack. Starts about 20 second into this video…https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xpRMS_8VS60#t=43

    • katry Says:

      I have that song in my files in the soundtrack album folder so I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. s Says:

    Still Perfect!

  6. Jay Bird Says:

    Ah, opening day! Spring can only be a month away. Good luck to the Sawks and Cardinals. My bi-polar fandom is only an issue on those rare occasions when my two teams meet.

    Much as I love baseball, I must admit that after two weeks of fast-paced, high tension college basketball, watching a baseball game (on TV) is intolerably slow. Other than Boston-NY or the World Series, I’ll stick to the highlights and box scores.

    • katry Says:

      I lean toward the Cubs for my bi-polar fandom though I do like the Cardinals as well and have since the world series with the Sox.

      I understand the slow pace of baseball can be frustrating at times, but it is the first game I ever enjoyed watching. I love that it is played outside in summer, that wooden bats crack when they hit the ball and that when the bat and pitched ball hit each other in exactly the right way the ball flies over the wall. Nothing tastes better than a hot dog at the park.

      • Jay Bird Says:

        Beautifully said!! Baseball live at the ballpark is fun. First two innings, the pace is deadly, but then I settle into the rhythm, and it’s always a good time. We have an “A” team locally, the Troy Valley Cats. Haven’t been to Fenway since… wow, Pedro was pitching and the Monster was seat-less! Too long.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Jay

        Pedro was a marvel who is still working with the Sox. He always seems to be a happy man. Good for him making easily the Hall of Fame.

        Green monster seats named by SI as the best seats in baseball. I have yet to see a game from there.

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