“An Opener is not like any other game. There’s that little extra excitement, a faster beating of the heart. … You know that when you win the first one, you can’t lose ’em all.”

Last night the wind was the proverbial freight train. The rain was blown sideways and was hitting my bedroom window, but the best had yet to come. I don’t know what time it was, but I woke up to a rumbling of thunder. Shortly after, the biggest clap of thunder I have ever heard broke over my house. The dogs and I sat up. Henry, who hasn’t ever minded thunder, shook. Nala looked up at the ceiling. Henry was going to jump off the bed, probably to go hide, but I stopped him and hugged him while I patted Nala. It took a little time, but we they settled dow and we all fell back to sleep.

Today will be in the high 50’s with drizzle. The wind is slight. The sky is a light grey.

Spring has come to Cape Cod. The gardens are filled with color. My forsythia has bloomed. My hyacinths are open. They are purple and mauve. My day lilies are all above ground. The other day, while I was out and about, I saw a yard filled with dafs. I stopped to look drawn by the field of yellow. It was eye popping.

When I was a kid, I pushed spring. I wanted out of winter and heavy winter clothes. I had a spring jacket I loved. It was blue and had a zipper. It also had no lining. I used to beg my mother to let me wear it. I wore her down, but she was right. In early spring it was still cold. On the walk to school it was really cold just wearing that jacket, but I would never admit it to my mother even if I had icicles hanging from my nose.

I bought some Peeps yesterday, yellow and pink Peeps. When I got home, I opened the packages and put them high up on my kitchen bookcase, higher than Nala can reach. I won’t eat them until they are rock hard, the only way I like them. I’ve told you before I know, but I’m going tell you again the history of hard Peeps. When I was in Ghana, my mother sent me packages for most holidays. Food and treats were the most welcome parts of those packages. She’d send kits like for Mac and Cheese and pasta with Alfredo. They were my Sunday dinners. She send candy which didn’t melt, including the Peeps. Packages took at least a couple of months as they came by sea so by the time they got to me, the Peeps were rock hard despite still being in their packages. Since then, I wait, impatiently, for the Peeps to get hard. Quite chewy is the best description.

Today baseball begins for my Red Sox. They are playing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. I’m going to tape the game as it is a ukulele day.

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4 Comments on ““An Opener is not like any other game. There’s that little extra excitement, a faster beating of the heart. … You know that when you win the first one, you can’t lose ’em all.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was another beautiful, breezy, spring day. The high temperature was in the low 70s. The Rangers are playing the season opener in Toronto as I’m writing. This is the fiftieth season since the Rangers moved to Arlington Texas from Washington D.C. bringing Major League Baseball to north Texas.

    As a part of the recent player’s union agreement, National League teams will adopt the designated hitter. No longer will pitchers have to step to the plate nor will managers have to use strategy’s such as the double switch nor pinch hit for the pitcher regardless how good he’s pitching. The American League adopted the DH in 1973 to help attract more fans in the smaller markets of the Junior Circuit. TV money has changed the game especially since the pandemic. Eliminating four pitches during the intentional walk and putting a runner on second base in extra innings after the 11th. inning are attempts to speed up the game. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to baseball and I morn the end of the game that I grew up watching.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I think the runner on second in extra innings is ridiculous. The Red Sox are famous for long games in overtime. I don’t care. That’s the game I’ve always known. I have no problem with the DH. Putting pitchers at bat and having them run bases can be dangerous, potentials for injury. I’m fine with eliminating the intentional walk. Those were four silly pitches anyway.

      Wow, I didn’t remember it has been so long since the move. I remember when it happened.

      We got almost to 60˚ today. It surprised me as it had been chilly all morning then out came the sun. We won’t hit 70˚ until late June.

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