I don’t usually post two days in a row, but I feel the need to today.
It’s been a tense year for our country. The vitriol, division and violence portrayed everywhere. It seems as if evil is taking over the entire world … and many believe that evil is “the other side who doesn’t agree.”
But, among the mucky weeds of strife, there was one beacon of light during the first week in November.
That light brought an entire city together … 5 million of them hugged and laughed and played. They felt affectionate warmth and love for each other. They smiled with pure joy emanating from their core and out to the world. No one paid attention to ethnicity or political affiliation.
Out of many, they became ONE.
I believe this beacon of light spread throughout the U.S. Perhaps even to other parts of the world … those that were made aware.
Tagged onto that 5 million, were millions more spirits of generations past, that were carried in the blissful hearts of those still living.
They gathered in song, chanting Go Cubs Go, Go Cubs Go, hey Chicago what do you say, the Cubs are World Champions today.
Honestly, I didn’t become a baseball fan until about five years ago. At that time, I supported the team where I lived (out of state).
But, being back in my hometown, feeling the palpable jubilance and real love for this city, their team and each other, gave me hope for all of mankind.
The Cubs fans, some in my own family, have followed the Cubs through every single losing season. Back in the day, my two (now deceased) grandfathers watched and cursed at the TV screen, but always came back the next day with hope in their hearts and cheered them on. I’ve never seen a Cubs fan give up on their team. None of them are fair weather.
After 108 losing seasons, no matter which team you support, who can’t help but feel the enthusiasm that Cubs fans felt that first week in November (and still lingering).
Others may post about voting today. TONS of people on facebook are posting about voting . . . even shaming those who don’t.
I’m posting about the Oneness we felt here in Chicago after this Cubs win, and how we could use that feeling to melt away our rivalries, no matter the results of the election. There are White Sox fans here too, and they joined in the revelry for the Cubs.
It’s not up to one person (a president), or a government to make us happy or unify us. It’s up to us.
God Bless America on this day of decision and beyond.
Check out my memoir anthology about growing up in this great city of Chicago. If you read it, or have read it already, a review would be greatly appreciated.