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When Mom Can’t Pitch


An In-Town Tourist Feature:
…because Adventure begins in the heart and Travel starts at the end of your own driveway.

Our trips to the local batting cage began with an aberrant pitch (mine) that connected rather solidly with Matt’s forehead a few years ago.  No amount of pleading on his part could bring any subsequent pitches within the three foot safety zone my horrified brain immediately froze into place around him.

I finally suggested the local batting cage, theorizing that mechanical beanballs would be less psychologically traumatizing than maternal ones -and so began our summer treks to Westerville Golf Center.

minigolf sign copy

We were already fans of the lushly landscaped miniature golf courses and the ice cream vending machine in the Pro Shop that transports each frozen selection via a suction hose.  Prices are quite reasonable with plenty of weekly specials for those interested in deeper discounts.  The hand-lettered sign with weekly promotions is local commerce at its best and attracts a well-mannered clientele of families, dating couples and groups of friends.

At the batting cages, $5 buys 84 pitches, 14 at a time.  $10 wields 14 tokens and almost 200 pitches; plenty for an evening outing for Matt and a friend or two.  The eight cages feature a two-wheel ball shoot for a more consistent pitching experience than many kids will have with their enthusiastic, under-skilled parents who are (most definitely!) better with spirals than curve balls.

What are the favorite summer hang-outs where you live?

Updated from September 11, 2009.
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Moms on Monkey Bars

Alum Creek Dam (monkey bars)

Over the past three days or so, I’ve gained a better understanding of why women of my age (the specifics of which is an irrelevant detail) lose track of their gym passes and the will to fight the good fight on personal fitness.

I’m nowhere near quitting. I’ve done this for too long and believe that exercise tones a lot more than my body. It smooths out the rough spots in my emotions; it gives me spiritual muscle for Life’s considerable challenges. It gains me “thinking time,” enhancing my sense of perspective. It makes me smile more and wrinkle less.

But wow. I get it. This past week as I scrambled between back-to-back soccer games, track meets, practices for the aforementioned and “odds and ends” that included guitar lessons and daily school transportation, work-out time kept sidling a couple of steps beyond my grasp. Forget the grocery (I did). Forget the laundry (wish I could but soccer socks require hazmat removal if not laundered within three days). Forget taxes (yeah, right), a social life (sigh) and recreational reading (sigh again). It’s a crazy, but oh-so-normal life. I know this.
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