Over the last 15 months there have been few things that have made me happy in my life. Trying to find positives in a shitty situation has been near impossible. What’s helped me get through it obviously are my wife and support system. That support system includes other family and friends, my therapist who I saw for 7 months in 2013 and the many wonderful people I’ve met online. One of those many wonderful people is Lori Holden, who is an Adoptive Mom and infertility survivor. I’ve mentioned her in a number of blog posts. I can’t say enough nice things about her and the type of person she is. Her book “The Open-Hearted way to Open Adoption” is a must read for anyone considering pursuing adoption or who is an Adoptive Parent.
One of the many wonderful things Lori does through her blog is post a column the last Monday of every month called “Perfect Moment Monday”. Lori describes what “The Perfect Moment” as being:
Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.
For months I had gone by and not participated in describing a Perfect Moment that I’ve had because I had been so down. But recently I realized that I do have Perfect Moments, I just was too depressed to realize it.
I’ve described before on this blog that I am a huge sports fan especially when it comes to my teams (Mets, NY Giants and NY Rangers). One of my favorite annual sporting events is Opening Day in baseball. My first Mets Opening Day was on March 31, 1998 at Shea Stadium. It was my Senior Year of High School and took the day off. It was also the only Opening Day I’ve been too that I’ve been able to wear shorts and a T-Shirt too. Every other Opening Day I’ve been too (6 others) it’s been frigid as it usually is in April in Queens.
Today will mark my 8th Opening Day I’ve been too. For me as a Met fan they are my Perfect Moments. It’s the start of the baseball season and a new beginning for the Metsies. It’s a day that I take off from work to celebrate my love for baseball and the Mets. It’s the first day to “Meet the Mets” for that season. The Mets are 0-0 with a 162 games left that leave a world of possibilities. And the Mets have the best record on Opening Day (34-18) of any team in baseball history, so you are almost sure to see them win. Even though typically in my lifetime the Mets have been pretty bad outside of the mid to late 80’s, late 90’s and 2005-2008. It’s not about that for me. It’s about having fun and celebrating something I love to do and that is go to the ballpark to see a game.
Every Opening Day is a Perfect Moment for me that I am sure to experience today……………..even though I may not notice it at the time.