Aug. 12, 2007

Dear Sarah (remember, that's my diary's name),

It just occurred to me that I need more paper. If I lose this and someone named Sarah picks it up, this letter is not for you. It's just a strange coincidence. I'm really glad Richie asked me to do this because I feel like I have a new friend now, even though she may live in the land of make-believe.

Today was our second practice day. I don't think 90 people have ever appreciated a three-second breeze and a one-minute cloud cover as much as we did today. Do you know what else I appreciate? The water people! But this creates a little problem for me, and probably for the other players, too. Let me explain.

I'm on one side of the field and the person with the water is WAAAAY over on the other side. I just ran from here to there (imagine I'm pointing to a far distance away here...come on, work with me on this one!) and I'm tired, gasping for breathe. The water person offers me a water bottle (I can't stand water bottles, by the way...but that's a story for another day so let me finish my story).

Having just run around like an idiot, I do want some water. So I gladly accept the offer. I drink in small squirts because I am huffing and puffing. Then I feel bad because the water person is just standing there waiting for me to finish. I don't want to keep them waiting, so I squirt a lot into my mouth and hand it back.

Remember, I'm breathing heavily because I just ran, and it's strenuous to hold my breath long enough to swallow all the water sealed in my mouth. Now, I know what you're thinking, and no! I don't spit the water on them and then point and laugh. But I do have a mouthful of water, I have yet to swallow, the water person has already walked away to give other people water, and that's the problem!!!! I can't say "thank you"!!!

I'm just left to feel bad that for all their work and eagerness to please me with water, they don't even get a simple "thank you". I want to thank them, but they left too fast and I still have water in my mouth. What do I do? I will let you know if I find a solution.

Thanks for listening, Sarah, and I will let you know if I find a solution to my problem. I'm all ears if you have a suggestion.