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Thursday, May 20, 2004

For the past few summers EGA has worked at A's office, this year she was asked to play on the softball team. It was not because of any softball talent-- the invitation came about as a result of EGA's double X chromosomal, and the league rule requiring a minimum cohort of persons so equipped. Still, she's a gamer, and having accepted the invitation she asked me to work with her a bit on some fundamentals. It's been a while since I've had a catch-- probably nearly as long as it has been for her, since I ended up using the glove she used when she was seven, while she used mine. Although she insists that she is not sportif, she takes instruction well: when I explained why she shouldn't throw off her back foot ("Think of your body as being a catapult") she looked thoughtful for a moment, and then made perfect throws. I'd forgotten how satisfying the "thwap" of a caught ball in a glove is. There was a time when having a catch was the most exercise I engaged in, and it was nice last night to do it again, in the cool spring evening, as LCA played soccer.

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