One of the things I love about living in the United States is Wednesday night soccer. The local children play soccer on Wednesdays and Saturdays (with a practice or two thrown in for fun). On the field are kids laughing, playing, giving their best or daydreaming as the game goes on around them.
On the sidelines are the parents. Yea, some get way too serious about the game but for the most part the parents are all cheering on the Hawks or the Eagles or the Bears to win. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans, Atheists, Hale-Bop Comet Riders, and all kinds of other religious worshipers and zealots stand with Republican and Democrats, rich and poor, blacks, whites, and Asians, smart and not so smart and a plethora of people who come in all shapes and sizes cheer from the sidelines watching children play together….this happens in many towns across THIS Great land. Gone are the politics, the hatred, the differences…If Willy scores a goal the parents cheer. If Lupe scores a goal the parents all cheer. If Yang scores a goal the parents all cheer. You know, God could be a Hawk (Hawks won last Wednesday 2-1)
We tend to overlook what makes THIS GREAT land of ours work. I don’t want to see harm come to anyone anywhere…but I am less moved by international politics and adults playing a game than I am of the local people who can truly hurt me or can truly help me.
We all rallied around the 1980 Olympic hockey team…for a few months. There was no higher being involved nor was their some intervention on some other plane making it happen. It was fun and it was over. We did rally and become better people after 1980. We went back to work, continued to support and raise our families, paid our taxes, and tried to make a better life for our children. I did it for me and mine and was/am willing to help others…and others have done the same. One season of soccer is not going to change several thousands of years of hatred, spite, and retaliation for a population of people who are tribal and not communal…
I wish the Iraqi’s well in their quest and I am already satisfied that if they did not win none of the players would have be murdered…(I am sure that our troops need not be thanked by the world for this…)
PS...I love my country.