My turn

It's not easy being a kid at heart

2013-04-18T00:00:00Z It's not easy being a kid at heartGeorge Grenchik Times Columnist
April 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I read Times’ columnist Vanessa Renderman last Sunday about being a kid at heart in a grown-up world. I am a multiple of her age, but it still struck a chord with me.

Maybe it’s having been around kids for my entire working life, or maybe it’s what’s been called juvenile behavior on my part (I’d rather have it called a humorous approach to things), but I’ve always considered myself to have a youthful outlook on things. My favorite birthday card comment came at my 50th birthday. It went like this: How did you ever get so old without ever growing up?

I took it as a compliment.

Anyway, my wife, father, and other sundry adults for the past number of years have suggested that I knock off what they see as a kids’ or at least a young man’s activity, playing softball. You’re too old, get real, don’t you know when to quit, you’re going to hurt yourself (which I’m afraid has been true), etc.

But, it’s not like you compete against young guys. At first there was the over 50 league. Since I’ve started to play, there is now an over 60 and an over 65 league. I’m sure over 70 is just around the corner.

And I have always had allies on my side. My internist, a neurosurgeon, two cardiologists, and a physical therapist have all said that playing ball at my age was a good idea.

But then came the orthopedist.

She said that although being physically active in your older years, including playing ball, is in fact a good idea, the small tear in my rotator cuff and the destabilized situation in my wrist are problematic. It means my shoulder and wrist may not agree that swinging a bat and throwing a ball with any velocity are things they will do without pain and the risk of surgery.

But I’m still thinking it over.


- I worked the polls this past election. Not many folks came out to vote. Not many really contested elections in Calumet City. Getting elected can be a full contact, brutal endeavor. Now that the politicking is over, those given the public trust must concentrate on the welfare of all their constituents.

- In the book of Genesis people are assigned to be the stewards of the earth. We haven’t always done that so well. We need to do what we can to protect our environment. A good way would be to take advantage of the recycling opportunity from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at the Public Works facility, 1701 Dolton Road in Calumet City. Most all electronic items as well as paint and oil can be dropped off.

Thanks to Alderman Leni Wosczynski for organizing this effort.

- The Calumet City Public Library, 660 Manistee Ave., has some events to celebrate Earth Day starting at 12:30 p.m. April 20. Call the library for details (708) 862 6620.

And finally a birthday wish for my wife. She probably doesn’t want her age given in public print, so I won’t ... but the second number is round. Many happy returns to a caring, nurturing, loving friend, mother and wife. Enjoy the day and many more.

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. George Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He can be reached at

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