O is for Organized Sports

I was not very athletic. My competitive spirit was more passive than competitive. In the 70s, girl sport teams were limited to intramural teams. All efforts, funds, and attention focused on boys’ ball teams. There were no little leagues for girls to join. Junior High School and High school offered girls limited intramural experiences. My sister Mary, one year younger than me, was the athlete. She could spike, dribble, slam with the best. My sport team was the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) track teams. I wasn’t fast enough for sprints, but once I hit my stride, I could keep pace in the longer events. To my surprise, and those who knew me, I was pretty good at hurdles. Yeah, big surprise! 

My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

8 thoughts

    1. Ha! I wouldn’t call it queen. I simply did it finish the races but never placed or pursued. For fun only.
      Thanks for reading!

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      1. On the other hand, I know there have been several hurtles (of other shapes) that you absolutely owned. I’ll never forget wanting to know more about that woman who suffered with but mastered a nasty bout with MBC. I hope you allow yourself a bit pride and turning that nightmare into a tool of support and hope for many others who have since dealt with their own case of this horror with your help.

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