Sarah Hodges Stalls

Sarah Hodges Stalls

Sometimes I simply amaze myself. Let me narrow that statement down a bit.

I’m not just talking about when I put something up “somewhere safe” and actually remember where I put it (which isn’t that often).

In this case, I’m referring to my ability to overthink just about anything. And the isolation of COVID-19 isn’t helping anything, but that’s another column.

I can take the simplest concept and race it in my mind until it should be a CNN headline. I cannot explain it. Simply put, it’s a gift.

There are many concepts in this world that are not difficult to grasp. Kleenex was not designed to be flushed down the toilet. M&M’s were not meant to be available in 75 flavors and there is no need for 901 different scents of Febreeze. But I digress...

When my overthinking skills kick into overdrive, there’s one simple quote that puts life back in perspective for me.

In the classic baseball movie Bull Durham, Tim Robbin’s character Nuke LaLoosh used his newly discovered interviewing skills to impress a sports reporter. And thanks to the tutoring he had received from Crash Davis, he came across as nearly profound.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains,” LaLoosh said. “Think about that.”

And I did.

Wins, losses and rain delays - that’s what life is divided into. As long as we aren’t under the bus, we are driving it.

Losses come far to often.

What I am just starting to understand is some of the things I have been calling a loss were in the end – a win. Maybe the process didn’t pan out the way I wanted and I did not ever have control of it, yet in the end the result was a win for me.

Will I admit this? Depends on the situation.

Rain delays are those times were we are not sure which end is up. So basically, we have been in a rain delay since March. I feel like I have been sititng in a soggy dugout, stepping in spent sunflower seed hulls since we learned the word COVID-19.

If you have ever sat through a rain delay at a ball field, you know it can be mind numbing and you accomplish little.

Yep, we’re in a rain delay.

We can’t leave the dugout for long and we have to be so careful if we do. Bless.

Next we have to wait for the sun to come out and the winds to dry out the field.

Until then, let’s give our minds an occasional break. Check on your teammates in the dugout and make sure they are okay. If they are not, let them know it’s okay to not be okay because we are in an unprecedented rain delay.

We must have faith we’ll come out from our dugouts and playball again soon.

Stay safe!

Sarah Hodges Stalls is a Staff Writer for the The Enterprise. She can be reached via email at shstalls@ncweeklies.com.

Thadd White is Editor of the Bertie Ledger-Advance and can be reached via email at twhite@ncweeklies.com.