My mouth is still hanging open in stunned surprise that the Red Sox have won the World Series. Through this whole season – every win, every walk-off, every time they took or hung onto the lead in their division – my reaction was always: *these* guys? Really? *These* guys? Not a team of superstars, by any means. Definitely more than the sum of their parts.
You know, there was a time when I felt that following sports was a pointless and even frivolous waste of time, but I changed my mind about that some years ago. Because life is hard. Even when life is pretty easy, it’s hard. And sometimes it’s very hard. We *need* diversions from life sometimes, whether they’re funny cat pictures or Facebook discussions of superhero movies – or the wacky escapades of the Boston Red Sox. These things can take our minds off of life for a while. They are rescuing. They are restoring. They are blessings.
I know that people in the Boston area are walking with a lighter step these days. There are more smiles, more handshakes, more backslaps. Of course, winning the World Series doesn’t fix everything or change everything. But it helps. It really does.
The count is at 672 this month, which is how many classmates we think we know the whereabouts of. So, whatever you do, don’t move!
Condolences to Susan Rotella, whose mother died last month.
Mary Caldarola Smith reports: “Life as a retired teacher is great. Running a lot. Playing lots of tennis too. Life is good!” Mary ran in an 8.8-mile race at the beginning of October. Then she and her sister, Beverly Caldarola McFarland, ran the Marine Corps 10K in Washington DC to raise funds for the Travis Manion Foundation, which helps returning military. See their smiling faces here:
Tom and Nancy (Goldis) Iacono recently took a trip to San Jose, Costa Rica. “It is indeed a land of beauty with warm, welcoming people. This is Nancy's second trip here. We also traveled with two couples that we met during our trip to Turkey last year at this time. They are from Minnesota. They arrived at our house a couple of days before the trip to check out our beautiful state of RI and then we spent a day in Boston before flying here. We have a long day of travel ahead of us today, but will be glad to return to RI. I have been able to keep tabs on the Red Sox and saw most of their 2 wins vs. the Rays.”
We have lots of ways to keep in touch online, now. For example, we have a web site:
(thanks to Ernie Sutcliffe for starting and maintaining)
and Facebook group:
and a Facebook event for the last Reunion:
and for the recent Birthday Party:
Check out one or more of these easy ways to see what people are up to.
And, by the way, I post these updates online at http://chse1971.blogspot.com/.
I’ve just had my snowblower serviced to be ready for winter. That ought to keep the snow away!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!