Tonight my friend, Stacey, and I reunited with the 6th graders in each of us. We joined a coed kickball league and became members of the UI Freaks a/k/a Union Inn Freaks Team! Our first game was a loss, but as Stacey said, "At least we scored the first run." Unfortunately, the other team went on to score six runs. Oh, and our first run was our only run. We were clearly the "old" (in age only) ladies in the bunch, but I'd say we get props for not being the most out of shape ladies in a sea of twentysomethings.
As one of the "old ladies" in the league, I will say that "kids these days" are quick to judge, stereotype and label without taking the time to even say hello to the individual who is the object of their judgment. It was only a few minutes into our evening of kickball fun when we were able to identify the "mean girl". There is always one! We never caught her real name, so we'll stick with Mean Girl. As soon as two cute little Italian girls walked on the field, Mean Girl, proceeded to comment about their Jersey Shore-esque appearance-in her opinion only. Five minutes later, Mean Girl commented about short shorts on another girl. The kicker (pun intended)? The short shorts were the same as Mean Girl's only a different color. The guys seemed less quick to judge, but then again we are talking about two cute little Italian girls and short shorts.
Today's takeaway #1: "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice."
Today's takeaway #2: Think of an activity that you enjoyed and made you happy as a child, and get out there and do it! I think there is still room in the Schenectady Kickball League.