I have been thinking a lot of "home" lately. There is a lot of nostalgia around City Cup Weekend. For me, it is a time when we would all be together, enjoying some great ball games. For many, many years, more than I can really remember, we would watch softball. The City Cup pretty much was the end to softball for the season, so I would try to get as much softball as I could.
I would run into old friends that I hadn't seen in ages. I would even be known to make some new acquaintances. I miss those times with my family and my adopted brothers (the boys on my brother's softball team).
I miss Olean because that is where my memories are. My good memories with my family and friends. Even if I hadn't seen a friend in a long time, when I saw one, it was like very little time had past. To me, that is a true friend. Someone that realizes that even though time has passed, I still love them and I love to see them even though life gets in the way. I like being able to pick up where we left off last as if not a day has passed.
I miss Olean and Allegany's Allegany River Nature Trail. When I go out running now, I need to cross a road at every half mile, except for at the first half where this is an overpass for the traffic. On the Nature Trail, I could run 3 miles without needing to cross a single road. I think it was a lot safer. It was easier to get a true look at the speed you were running. It is kind of hard to do that when you need to stop for traffic every half mile.
I miss my Dad's barbecues. He is the grill master. I always looked forward to the summer so I could count on getting grilled food. He would do chicken, burgers, hotdogs and Italian sausage. We would occasionally have some steak.
I am thankful that I was able to spend many years with my family in Western New York. I wish I was still there, but sometimes our Heavenly Father has different plans for us. I know this is where I am supposed to be, although there are times I would give my left arm to be at "home."
To my City Cup playing family members, and those adopted brothers previously mentioned, Best of Luck! I will be there in spirit and I hope to hear about your games. Colette, that includes you :) Love you all!