Although we now drive 45 minutes to soccer practice each Tuesday and Thursday evening, there is a silver lining. Well, actually, it’s a red, white, blue and yellow lining. The Leesburg Elementary School, their team’s home field, boasts some lovely flowerbeds, obviously, lovingly tended, which are in full bloom. While I could hear the energetic boys as they ran drills, practiced corner kicks and scrimmaged, my other senses—sight, smell and touch—were immersed in the beauty of daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths. Spring soccer may mean muddy cleats and grass-stained T-shirts, but I’ve found this season it also features a lovely, delicate side—and next time I may just have to bring my earplugs.