My Township is investing nearly a half million dollars in artificial turf for some playing fields at a municipal park. Rationale during this time of tight economic purse strings makes no sense to me, but part of the explanation is that when it rains the fields become unusable, sometimes for days.
That means that baseball games, or soccer games have to be canceled. While the township does make a little money renting out the space, I'm pretty sure it's not enough to cover the cost of the turf. But, somehow, we need the fields. Our kids need a place to play.
When I was a "kid" if it rained, we didn't play, or go to the shore, or whatever. Disappointment was just a part of life.
I haven't been able to ride or even work my horses all winter. Lessons learned as a child watching the rain have taught me that's just the way things go. Sure, if I had a bundle of money, I could have an indoor arena, solving part of the problem, but what about all those days when my horse was sore from an abscess, or all those times when for one reason or another, I simply couldn't ride. I might be caught at a meeting after school so I got to the barn after dark and there were no lights. I might arrive at feeding time, the only open window in my schedule that just didn't coincide with the boarding barn's schedule. It might not be raining, but it might be well below zero, or up into the hot summer temperatures. The B52 bomber flies might be swarming. The hunters might be blasting away in the woods. My truck might have a dead battery so I can't trailer to a lesson on time--or a horse show. A thunderstorm might roll in.
If I had a half million dollars to spend on "artificial turf" for my barn, I could have a climate controlled indoor with perfect footing and bionic horses that never had a physical issue. I'd have all kinds of replacement parts for potentially broken tack, several trucks and trailers in case one didn't work on a day I needed it.
Then again, maybe not.
I have learned to be patient, to accept disappointment and to take things as they come. Blessed by having the horses in my backyard so I know they are well cared for no matter what the weather, it's OK if I don't ride.
Sometimes things just don't work out the way you plan. Sometimes the game just has to be canceled.
I wonder if the "artificial turf generation" is ever going to learn that lesson.
Addendum: Another winter blanket bit the dust or was bit by Chance...pretty sure. So Tucker is now on his 4th blanket of the winter. I think I can repair at least two of them but this one is a total loss as part of the fabric is somewhere in the paddocks or pasture. Good thing they were on sale. *sigh*