I started a journey almost 2 years ago. It has been the most rewarding experience of my life to date and it is far from over. Parenthood happened and now my little girl is walking, talking, and occasionally chanting Visca el Barça. I think my work there is done, so it’s time to start writing again. I have never really strayed very far from BFB during my—let’s call it a sabbatical, shall we?—sabbatical and I’ve kept in fairly regular contact with Kevin as well.
The writers who contributed their time, energy, and brilliance to BFB before and during my hiatus are worthy not just of mention, but of praise: Kari, Blitzen, Levon, SoMa, Euler, NZM, Luke all carried the torch at one time or another. Some of them no longer write here, but they did not go unnoticed.
But let’s consider this for a moment: for 2 years, I changed diapers, wiped up an incredible variety of spills and unidentifiable liquid, went to music classes, slept about 4 hours total, and have definitely eaten standing up holding a stuffed penguin under my arm while using my feet to keep a raging mini-person from breaking into a kitchen cabinet filled with dangerous objects. Kevin, on the other hand, has been posting 4,000 word pieces on Barcelona and football in general almost every day for both of those years. I’m not sure who had the harder job. Mine, at least, eventually came with smiles of recognition and no server errors. For that, for his effort, for everything he’s done and all the times he hasn’t quit, I’m grateful. He kept this space going, kept the lights on. My hat is off to him.
Not that that means he can stop now. He’s not allowed. Definitely not now.
Now is when we turn our attentions to the next season, the season that awaits us, the future of this club. There are elections, extensions, signings, and tax fraud to discuss. I plan on discussing all of them throughout this summer and into next season. Will we see The (Cava-Fueled) Return of the (Catalan) King (Joan) or a triumph for He Who Has Never Been Elected? Beyond politics but still off the field, how does our club function as a member of a greater society, a larger footballing community, and as a member-driven entity? Let’s talk about shirt sales, shirt sponsors, stadium naming rights, transfer fees, to-loan-or-not-to-loan, foreign membership, and the Depor-FCB match fixing controversy. Hell, let’s do a Banquillo or two, shall we?
Let’s not go overboard, but let’s be happy and energetic. We won a triplete and we’ve got ourselves another 2 years (at least) of Dani Alves’ eyewear collection. I’m excited!
If you have any suggestions for topics throughout this summer, let’s hear them in the comments.