Fall or Autumn or Pumpkin Spice Latte, hunting season…this archery parent loves the switch from outdoor season to indoor season. This week central Oregon has had a light switch in weather, with below freezing evenings coming this way. Indoor season means the end of travel and a switch in the game. The time when financial pressures, move to mental pressures of the upcoming financial pressures as a new season is planned.
Wait, it is the end of travel. Sigh. Take a deep breath. Each year travel presents challenges and stresses that have stretched this parents mental, physical and spiritual health. As a parent of a now driving archery, this will be the first official indoor season that hours each day are spent NOT waiting in town for the practice to be concluded.
Physical health? Two years ago in the month of May, my not so graceful self -took a tumble off the deck breaking the right foot. The first four days, due to the fact that the other archery parent was driving the archer to a tournament for several days, never went to the doctor…well had a herd of animals to care for. Broken did not stop the process. The foot needed surgery….there was an upcoming tournament. Six weeks later, really need a surgery…there was another an upcoming tournament…the good news, after 16 weeks in a boot the foot healed well.
Mental health…let’s just say…four years ago an airplane ride caused panic attacks…now, just nervous. Archery stretched my courage and secured a spiritual growth that is relied upon as often as it is remembered to breathe and thank God for being there.
Fall is really the beginning of the archery season. September sponsors contracts are in review. By October the new contracts are released. November new bows hit the market. All during this time, archers have moved inside. New arrows are fletched and tuned. Local shops startup indoor leagues. The time changes and darkness take away long hours being outside, with the sun as the closed sign. Indoor seasons, often archers are limited to hours available to shoot.
Fall is in the air – It must be the indoor season (almost).