Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Lace Your Sambas, Get On Out.
After a long dreary winter, spring has finally arrived. All winter long, my enthusiasm for soccer has slumbered. I was ready for the end of the fall season. I've been coaching for 8 years, ever since Lex was old enough to play, and last season I was really ready for it to be over: dreary fall evenings, rain, getting up on chill windy Saturday mornings. I was done with it.
Slowly, I've discovered that I'm feeling ready for things to start up again. When I run into them around town, parents have been asking me if I'm ready for soccer to start up again, and I've been pleasantly surprised to find that yeah, I guess I am.
In an odd coincidence, as if sensing the change in the weather, Bouncing Soul's Ole! Ole! Ole!, their tribute to the latin american soccer chant, has been kicking up more and more often when my iPod is on shuffle. Yesterday was our first practice, and the weather was unbelievable: the first really warm day we've had, bright sun, clear sky. And for once, because the time change came early this year, we didn't start the season ending by practice under the lights.
Spring is here, it's soccer season, and I'm ready for it to get started. Everything is coming together.