There has apparently been some controversy lately in a local suburb, a suburb right next to mine, in fact, over kids playing basketball in the street.
People complain that the sound of the ball hitting the street again and again is too noisy. They say the hoops are an eyesore, and degrade property values.
I can certainly empathize with the people who find the presence of kids playing outside to be annoying.
The neighborhood kids play soccer in my yard. It's a really good yard for soccer — no trees in the middle, great turf thanks to the zoysia.
I work from home every day, and the kids are noisy, especially in the summertime when they're out of school. Sometimes their laughter carries right through a closed window.
I'm an avid gardener, and I care about my property. And the kids broke one of my little solar lights once, and once they knocked over a potted plant and broke the pot and killed the plant.
So I bought a little garden fence to protect my lights, and my plants, from errant balls.
And I let the neighborhood kids keep playing soccer in my yard.
Sometimes, when their laughter distracts me from my work, I go outside and bring them lemonade.
From time to time, I kick the ball around myself.