Connection

*For English class during this trip, we have been reading and reflecting on Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights. For a recent assignment, students had an opportunity to write a little about one of their own delights. Here is Will’s!

This little local boy – no more than fifth grade – walks up to us during a football game. He just wants to pass it, but we invite him to play. It’s 49-49 (we’re playing to 50) and 4th and goal (meaning we have a yard to go to a touchdown). Of course, Steven and I blow it, but this kid got to experience it with us, and we got to experience it with him. He had no idea who we were; we could have been some football playing serial killers, but he was brave enough to give us a try. We got to talk to him after. His name was Meís, he liked the Chiefs, and he was super excited for the Super Bowl.

His family of 10 was leaving on their five horses going back home I presume, so he said he had to go. We exchanged “mucho gusto amigo, hasta luego,” and he was on his way.

We got a tiny and flavorful taste of his life, and likewise he got a taste of ours. He took a chance in the name of football, and it didn’t disappoint — at least didn’t disappoint me.

It really just shows how many opportunities for delight there are all around us. I mean there’s near 7 billion. All we need is that little outreach, that little connection, and we can have experiences we’ll remember forever.

Everybody has something to offer; it’s just about unlocking it.

-Will

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2 Responses to Connection

  1. oh will, i love this so much. every interaction with another conscious being — whether it is a sea lion, a young boy, or a seasoned advocate — is an opportunity to raise our awareness of the love, beauty, and wonder around us. It expands our sense of the spiritual bio-diversity that holds us all in the universe of Love. There is a wonderful song by Peter Mayer titled, “Everything is Holy Now.” It speaks to the sacredness in the simple, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the uncommon in the common. What a beautiful world we share! looking forward to hearing all of your insights when I see you all in Sunday School this week!!! with Love, k.

  2. glopreston says:

    Oh, man… I LOVE this. My favorite part of the day is when I get to read the link school blog and think about it. You really hit it out of the park. Imagine. Football. Who’d a thunk! I had successfully resisted football all of my life… until… I met my football-crazed son, husband, and 50 other kids I love. So I don’t resist anymore. I would have loved to see your game and the connection you made. I am for the chiefs too. Can’t wait for Superbowl–making a dip for it (so-called “mexican”, but probably not so mexican) and inviting everyone!

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