Junior Cricket

This morning I was with my youngest son watching Junior cricket. This means it is for ages about 8 to 10.

We live in the northern suburbs where there are a lot of less-well-off underprivileged people and children. Because of poor organisation, not many of the other team turned up, and they did not have any uniforms (cricket whites). There were enough kids to make two teams, and everybody seemed to have fun though.

I was sitting there watching (and ignoring the dopey woman nearby playing with her mobile phone the whole time). There were kids playing, parents sitting and watching, the occasional passer-by stopping for a look.

I got to thinking:

- In spite of all the terrible problems in the world, it is good that people and children are still civilised enough to make the effort to get (mostly) dressed up in their whites and go out early on a Saturday to play cricket. It might be a bit slow, and boring for some. But everybody was trying, there were no bad tempers or kids throwing wobblies. No parents urging their kids to kill the opposition. Just making the effort and playing for the sake of it.

- some of the kids look hilarious, with the shin pads and helmet. Some of the kids are so small that all you can see is these great big pads, a tiny bit of abdomen, and a helmet. The kids have trouble running – it’s more like a waddle, but they give it their all. Next time I must take a camera!

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Actually, I think that the world is not all that different from the way it has always been. It’s just that there are more TV cameras and reporters these days than there used to be and channels such as CNN create the belief that we must know exactly what is happening on the other side of the world at the moment it is happening. If you look at the population of the world, it is steadily increasing despite the terrible news that bombards us every day. So collectively, we must be getting something or even a whole lot of things mostly right otherwise we would be dieing out. So ignore the jeremiahs, turn off the TV, stop buying the newspapers and get out there and enjoy the kids playing cricket or whatever gives you happiness and doesn’t hurt somebody else. There will always be more misery in the world and more unhappiness than there should be. Do your bit to reduce it where you can and make sure that you don’t add to it and then you’re doin’ alright.

Comment by Dad | February 19th, 2006 10:58 pm | Permalink

Hoorary, well said:

turn off the TV, stop buying the newspapers and get out there and enjoy the kids playing cricket or whatever gives you happiness and doesn’t hurt somebody else. There will always be more misery in the world and more unhappiness than there should be. Do your bit to reduce it where you can and make sure that you don’t add to it and then you’re doin’ alright.

Fine sentiments these. I’m a convert.

Comment by Wally | February 20th, 2006 7:12 pm | Permalink

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