Name: Who Organized This?

Organized youth sports are sometimes the least organized organizations you will be involved with. Some leagues function like well-oiled machines, which makes me, as a parent, jump for joy and yell “Hallelujah!” Other leagues get us parents to pay a substantial fee and...

Name: Empty Sandlots

Every Saturday morning, I throw stinky shin guards into the car, frantically look for missing cleats, and quickly slice oranges up for a half-time snack. I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” With the neighborhoods void of children and the sandlots empty, I have no...

Name: What is a Ponato?

When my daughter was learning to talk, she would call a tomato and a potato by the same name- “ponato.” The word made complete sense to her. It solved learning the names of two different things by making them both have the same name. As her mother, I knew that...