Is this about my son playing ball on a team? Not really, it is about his dad expanding his social network. Today’s game was over in 1 hour and I was disappointed, I did not have enough time to hang with the oter parents!
I am the line-up coach. Because I love sports? No, because if you do not volunteer for something, you have to pay an additional fee. I signed my spouse up to coach (he is way more butch than me – ha!), but he can’t even show up on time this year!
So, I rest when the kids are in the field and gossip with the moms! We barely had time to argue politics today! Give Obama time to clean up Bush’s mess I say!
So here’s the thing. All my friends from Pre-K are in the league, and all neighborhood friends are in the league. Everyone is in the league! I am running for mayor! There is a playground on the way into the field area, we hung there for 1 hour after the game and my son played, my spouse watched, and I socialized, flitting from group to group. This is my element! I love this community!
Manhattan. Who would have thought we would have a cohesive community where the whole neighborhood of hundreds of kids and parents all know each other through one activity or another. I am telling you, I always thought this is what suburbia had to offer and everyone ran into each other in the supermarket. I believe this is better. Our particular apartment complex surrounds several parks and playgrounds, the t-ball league is based in our neighborhood, and we have met many other families in other activities that we had joined through the years. It is absolutely wonderful, and it continues to be a great surprise to me that bringing up a child in the middle of Manhattan could be such a communal experience.
I LOVE NY!