Notepad on Life

February 1, 2010

Hockey’s honesty box

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Field hockey game at Melbourne University.
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A day off church yesterday made it one of the rare Sundays I get to see my youngest at hockey practice.

Good though it is to watch him and his new stick in action, it’s the subs box I can’t take my eyes off.

There it sits, just by the gateway to the pitch; a translucent plastic box fully on view and clearly stuffed with notes and loose change.

Surely, I ask myself, it can only stay there for so long before someone shouts “Who’s meant to be looking after the money, people!?” in a tone of voice that makes it all too clear it would have been “the ******** money” had there not been children present.

But no; people mill round it – kids donning pads and gum shields, adults exchanging suburban small talk – and it just sits there for the full hour, proud and defiant, the corner of a solitary fiver protruding above the rim fluttering coquettishly in the breeze.

A plastic monument to a better time, it remains inviolate.

I knew hockey was middle class. I had no idea it was this middle class.

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