There used to be a field not far from our house. This was the type of field where young boys brought their dads and had baseball practice. It was the kind of field you remember from your childhood. Tall, rolling grass full of wildflowers, dragonflies, and kids running until their legs were numb. We don’t have that field any longer.
The children have been told to find another field. This field is now going to be an auto parts store. Sure, there is an auto parts store about 2 miles away. However, there must be an automotive need for more of them. Sort of like a Starbucks. Incidentally, our town happens to have 2 within a mile of each other. That’s progress. Get rid of baseball fields and put in more coffee joints and car part chain stores.
People keep saying that children don’t play outside any longer. They see children becoming more and more obese and sedantary. I wonder if these are the same people that need 2 Starbucks within a mile of each other.
I realize that businesses want to grow and expand their clientele. However, at what expense? Will we pave over more fields, parks, and playgrounds to do so? Will future generations be denied the experience of playing hide-and-seek in tall grass or identifying cloud critters while spinning on a merry-go-round? Will they only get to play baseball inside four walls?
Who needs fields full of laughing, healthy children anyway? Everyone knows that selling a cup of over-priced coffee or a bottle of motor oil are what makes the world go ’round. Don’t they?