Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting for vacation

There's something about the anticipation of a vacation. No matter how old or young, vacations bring out the best in us.  We're more ourselves.  We let loose, try new things, become adventurous and somehow become better people.  Kids count down to summer vacation and all the things they're going to do.  As adults we count down to a vacation to have a few days off from work and time to spend with our families...worrying about nothing except what weather will be like.  I've got a vacation booked and every time I log on to check on a detail, the website flashes how many days until I leave.  It's very exciting.  63 days until we don't have to worry about work, doing yard work, cooking dinner, or hearing an alarm go off at an un-Godly time of day.  The only bad thing about vacations is that they're not real life....and they end.  But not before they give us enough to make it through to the next vacation.  Hope today finds you thinking about your next vacation and the excitement of just being you for a while.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Opening Day

To say there's something special about Opening Day is ridiculous.  It's more than special.  It's tradition, a transition between the bleakness of winter and the joy of summer, it's a day when every team is hopeful that they'll be finishing their season raising a trophy in November.  Well, every team except the Cubs....and the Royals....and the Pirates...and this year, the Mets....

I love the Cubs.  And while opening day is exciting, I don't expect the Cubs to win the World Series any more than I expect to win the lottery.  I would love to, and would welcome it with such joy, but I don't expect it to happen.  So today when Ryan Dempster takes the mound and throws the first pitch of the season, I will cheer, I will be happy, and I will hope that the fun of the game overpowers the need to follow a winner.  Lovable losers exist all over the country, in every sport.  I hope everyone who follows them has a happy Opening Day.