W^2 or W squared for Wordless Wednesday, June 21, 2023
For this week’s Wordless Wednesday, I have two, errr three, images of summer captured in the spring. I chode baseball, but I could choose just about anything as an image of summer.
It is summer, officially at 10:57 AM CDT, but it’s felt like summer since school let the kiddos free June 2ndand me free the following Monday, the fifth.
Today is Day 16 and it is a very different day than my first Day 16 post on MtDC: Day 15 and 16: Takeoff and Landing – Day 1 in Paris. I look at those photos and remember each moment.
Last summer I got serious about my bucket list goal of visiting every major league baseball stadium with a seven day, seven game, six city, and ten baseball team trip beginning in New York City winding west finishing in Cleveland before driving home to Chicagoland. In all last year, I attended ten ballgames and watched one half of the teams in the MLB. I finished the 2022 season having seen 20 of the 30 present day ballparks.
This season, I’ve continued my travels with a trip to Minneapolis on Good Friday and a trip to Seattle in May. Each time I have snapped a whimsical photo of the stadium in the background and a peanut in the foreground. It began as an inside joke with a friend in 2019 and continues to this day. I use the photos interchangeably as my desktop photo on my school computer. The first-time students see the stadium and peanut image they wonder why, then where, and it makes my room a little different.
Last year my daughter asked why I went to see ballgames of other teams instead of watching the Astros, my favorite team. It was a good question. So, this year, with the help of scheduling changes made by the league, I will see the Astros play in six cities before seasons end.
There’s a story in all of us. We learn by telling stories and making things relevant and real.
It’s going to be an amazing summer. Next week I travel to St. Louis for two games. July brings another two games, then August with two more and maybe another quick trip an additional two and finishing with two games on the final weekend of the season. By season’s end, the plan is to be at 27, or maybe 28, ballparks.
There are close to five hundred plus words in this post, but I am still going to call it a W^2 or W2 post for less words than a normal post. It’s almost summer, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it is going to be an amazing day. Making the days Count, one day at a time, watching a baseball game, or watching birds at the feeder, or simply enjoying a good book.
How will you celebrate the solstice?