By Isabelle Rosini
Politics can be a drag. For sanity’s sake, we sometimes need to put it on pause.
But taking a breather from politics is easier said than done. It takes more than logging off or powering down the TV to truly wrest our minds away from the never-ending commotion and toxicity of our political culture. Often, the only remedy for getting politics off the brain is physically removing ourselves from the source, going outside, and surrounding ourselves with good company.
You can probably recall the biggest news story of the week--but can you remember the last time your whole neighborhood got together and had some fun? Chances are that it’s been a while, and that thought alone should spring you into action. This Labor Day, you owe it to yourself and your neighbors to celebrate each other.
Kickball tournament, anyone?
Never has a sport lent itself so well to pandemic life. In kickball, you mostly use your feet, and players rarely make physical contact with each other in the field. Though you will probably have to touch the ball at some point in the game, this concern is nothing that diligent hand sanitizing can’t address. With information on how to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 so widely available, there’s no reason that you and your neighbors can’t pull this tournament off without a hitch.
Feel free to split your neighbors into teams any way you’d like. You could fill one team with kids and another with parents. A third team could consist of people who live at odd addresses, and another could consist of those who live at even addresses. Leading up to the tournament, you and your teammates could bond by making signs and team shirts. To amplify excitement and raise tournament stakes, you and your neighbors might consider pooling money for a cash prize--that, or a socially distanced pizza party for the winning team, paid for by the losing teams.
After paying witness to a political culture in which people step on each other to get ahead, we could all use a reminder of what friendly competition looks like. What better way to achieve that than through a neighborhood kickball tournament?