Pleasant Surprises

As I worked to set up the orange cones and untangle the seemingly bottomless pile of flag-football belts, I kept my eye on the reaction of the boys showing up to our first practice. What would they think when they were greeted by a pig-tailed teammate sporting the finest pink cleats Adidas sold?

Would they be alarmed? Unsure? Confused?

As it turned out, it was a non-event. As only six year olds can do, they went with the flow, immediately accepting my daughter as a teammate, and treating her as one of the boys. With a sigh of relief, I turned to the task at hand and finished preparing the field for practice. As I untangled the last belt, I couldn’t help but smile. I love life’s pleasant surprises--those small, random events that sneak up on you and fill your soul with a warm fuzzy. Where would we be without them? I shudder to think--so I won’t.

Blowing the whistle, I went over and separated the pile of kids that was my team (they were all lying on the ball for reasons that defy logic, unless you’re six), and we began what turned out to be a fun, productive season.

On the way home, my daughter took us down “chit-chat lane” as she rattled on about this boy and that boy and how much fun she had at practice and, “Oh, by the way, can we go to Dairy Queen?”

Pulling into the drive-through, it struck me that it would be neat if we could provide you with a pleasant surprise every now and then--something that would fill your heart with a warm fuzzy or at least be useful.

Well, this month, I believe we’ve done both. First, the warm fuzzy, which this month, as so often in the past, comes in the form of Ron Ciancutti’s monthly column titled “The Hands Of Time.” Be prepared for a bit of emotion--you may want to read it in private with a Kleenex nearby.

We also have the useful part covered. This month we’ve launched a Digital Version of your favorite parks and recreation magazine. Located on our Web site ( or delivered to your e-mail In Box six times per year, the PRB Digital Edition makes it easier than ever to print, copy, share, and/or forward the articles and content to your staff, board, colleagues or friends quickly and easily.

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It’s really that easy.

As always, please drop me an e-mail or give me a call, and let me know how we’re doing.

Till next month,

Rodney J. Auth