Folks who caught my rant last weekend about how the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association scheduled games during the morning hours on Memorial Day, offered many of their own thoughts on the matter and suggested my course of action.
To be honest I wasn't 100% sure what I was going to do. Both sides of the discussion had valid points.
Cover youth sports because they worked hard to get there and it might not happen again, Memorial Day will.
But Memorial Day isn't about whether it happens every year, it happens every year because we might need the reminder to take a moment of reflection. And the folks who are there every year might not be next.
I had a couple good friends step up and offer to help me get to one or other of the events or games. Many others offered comforting words that no matter what I chose to cover they would understand
These words and gestures warmed my heart.
A fairly old friend of mine, Jeff Bobin recently moved down into Venango County and is busy exploring and attending new events to him. He is the new pastor out at Heckathorne United Methodist Church.
We've critiqued each others work, shared slices of pizza and perhaps had a drink or two with suds that kept us talking for even more hours.
These are his photographs and he has posted dozens more on his Facebook page. You can see more here.
I don't have a problem with games on Memorial Day at all, but I think we need to do better and not schedule them in the morning when we have many who want to take a moment to simply remember, repect and honor those lost and more importantly those living who give of themselves so that we do not forget.
My rants are over... at least until next year.