When I first started this blog one year ago (happy birthday, blog!) I thought that the slow, simple, and beautiful game of baseball reflected the same energy that I experience on my Yoga mat.
Simple on the outside, but intricate and complex and insanely sweet on the inside.
But, now I’ve realized that the slow, simple, and beautiful game of baseball is also a lot like the barn that we are building …
… and building …. and building.
And, the second half of the baseball season …
And, the second half of the barn building …
Our old barn served us well. It had been a good old barn for many decades before we turned up. The previous owners probably used it as an actual barn. We used it as extra storage for items that didn’t mind that it listed a bit to the north, the wood was worn thin, the walls were porous, and it rained as hard inside as out.
It’s hard to say goodbye to a good old barn. In the same way, it’s hard to say goodbye to baseball players as their better days, their greatest games, fade.
I still miss Cal Ripken.*
But, hope springs eternal.
And, just as spring training got underway, we started a new barn.
Now you see it …
Now you don’t …
And, as the baseball season has worn on, so has the barn building.
The barn’s been slowed by paperwork and rain delays.
It’s been slowed by crew members being traded to new teams, being put on the DL, or just plain disappearing.
But, it’s coming together.
And, as the second half of baseball begins, our barn project continues, too.
Still waiting for a roof.
And, some walls.
But we saved the old barn door and it will be put up inside somewhere.
A place of honor in our barn “Hall of Fame.”
Time moves forward for barns and baseball.
We’ll have a new barn.
And, Manny Machado. (You gotta watch this …)
And, the World Series will come. And, the Orioles will be there. And, the barn will be awesome.
I’m sure of it.
My amazing Barn Dude – the Player-Manager of the Barn Building – will tell you that the barn is well beyond halfway. It’s well into the playoffs. This is good for us since it means the barn will be a real barn before October. (Barn Dude’s not a baseball fan, but he remembers seeing the Red Sox at Fenway. What is it with all these Red Sox fans in my world?)