On the evenings when Dave works his part-time job at the local YMCA, I get lost in my own kind of work.

I walked around McDuff Park in southern Stafford County. The park is like its own little community with a dog park, playground, fields for various sports, picnic areas, walking trails and scenic views overlooking the Rappahannock.

Now that school is back in session, youth sports are in full swing, too. Kids scurried across fields running and kicking, blocking and tackling, or swinging a bat. And for every kid practicing, there were families in tow. Parents tired from long days at work still making time to show up, to support, and to coach.

As daylight faded, the field lights came on, shimmering against the dusky sky.  

There is a kind of magic and music to these almost fall evenings.  

Day 198

Day 198