I read with great interest a front page story in last week's Reflector. First of all, the clip art of a soccer ball caught my eye. Then I read the headline: "Proposed soccer field stirs controversy." That got my attention: I love reading about controversy, and all four of my kids played soccer at some point in their lives.
But the thing that really got me going was the quote just below the headline: "'Not in my back yard,' some Norwalk residents say." So some people are upset at the idea of having a soccer field in their back yard?
Well, I have to jump in on this controversy. I speak from experience. You see, I HAVE a soccer field in my back yard. And it's wonderful!
I remember when Norwalk High School started its soccer team. My children were little then, and the first NHS soccer coach, Kurt Dreier (who also was my neighbor, a few houses down), came to us and said he hoped we didn't mind having the high school soccer field in our back yard. He noted that we had small children, and told us to let him know if any of his players ever were mean to our children or said anything inappropriate to them. It never happened.