At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We’re proud to serve over 20,000 people in Monmouth County with programs that nurture the potential of children and […]
During a particularly boiling-hot summer, the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” characters went to several lengths to cool off in any available pool. I found it hysterically funny for the measure of desperation. They endured the public pool which contained broken glass and Danny DeVito throwing in a greased watermelon for sport. They tried to […]
Every Friday evening, people crowd into a hot, stuffy snack bar or sit on hard, metal bleachers that shake no matter what size person climbs them. People arrive after long, stressful weeks at work or minding children at home bearing coffee, knitting supplies, books, phones, laptops and even a majestic Black Lab Seeing Eye dog. […]
We live in a community where you meet your neighbors everywhere: at restaurants, in the grocery store, at the community center, on the blacktop. How can you look someone in the eye, wave to them, chat them up, when you’ve just berated their child for making the best calls he/she can on the soccer field? How can you have these kids over your house and assure them they’re in a safe environment when you’ve just verbally attacked them at a weekend game?
Yet sometimes I wonder if I selfishly just want to be with the kids a little more. After all, in seven years, Junior will be graduating from high school, preparing for college. Or perhaps I’m afraid of having nothing to say to other adults. To some degree, I feel I’ve lost the ability to communicate freely with anyone over the age of 10. That’s sad.