Our front yard really is a metaphor for life and how we handle the "sink holes" - the obstacles that challenge us along our own life's path. The way I see it, there are 3 choices.
3. Figure out a way to play despite of (or even with) the sink hole.
Accepting that the path is challenging yet valuable, figure out a way to work with the sink hole's presence. Is there a way to look at the obstacle instead as an opportunity? "Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child." This notion can serve as important advice for each and all of us, children and adults alike. Playing fields aren't ever perfect. Sink holes, fallen trees, and inclimate weather prove no different than any of the obstacles and challenges that will confront us wherever we go, whatever we do. Comprising ourselves and our goals to assure a simpler path may, at first, seem to make things easier, but in the end, it assures stagnation, if not, diminishment, not only of the personal growth that comes from traversing a challenging road, but of who we are meant to be.
So we decided to keep our sports in the front yard. Sure, sometimes the soccer games aren't so balanced and t-ball runners become a little more guarded on their first-to-second base dash, but in the process, the kids have learned agility, balance, not to mention determination and resilience. Plus, if you kick the ball into the sink hole at a certain spot from the side, it jets the ball into the goal at an angle that no goalie has been able to stop!