Jan 29

The Feeling Never Fades

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As I grow older, it seems that the things that we cherished as children seem to pretty much lose meaning. Things such as Christmas. Of course we all know the true meaning of Christmas, and that will never change, but look at it like this. When we were kids, we got excited starting in October because of the curiosity of what we would get. As we got older and got jobs and girlfriends, we began to become more excited to see the reactions of the recipient when we give gifts to them. Then comes the more adult and more mature stage in life, where the gifts we receive comes to a halt, and it becomes totally about pleasing others. We begin to use strategies for Christmas, such as shopping on "Black Friday".

Another thing that most adults hate, even though we cherished it as a child, is snow. The northern people that read this may not be phased by the sight of snow on the ground, but the southerners know what I'm talking about. Why did we get so hyped up over snow when we were children? Because down south, if one flake of snow fell from the sky, it meant that school would be cancelled or delayed. I smile just from reminiscing about it. Your elders would help you put on your gloves, boots, a heavy coat, and a hat that you wouldn't dare be caught seen with in public. You run outside and the first thing you do is throw a snowball at whoever you're with. Years pass by and we get cars, we have to drive to work, you know, all the things that we don't want to associate with layers of ice being on the ground. Once again, up north you deal with ice pretty good, but when ice is on the ground down south, its not unusual to see SUVs stuck in ditches. The thought is so depressing that I don't want to talk about it anymore.

One thing that I do want to talk about, is the feeling I get once a year that seems to never change. That is the feeling I get when the most wonderful time of year comes around, the NCAA Basketball Tournament. My eyes light up every single time I hear terms such as March Madness, Big Dance, Selection Sunday, Play In Game, 12-5 upsets, Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4, and of course, Cinderella. If I ever have children, I vow to not teach them the story of the fairy tale Cinderella, but I will teach them the true Cinderella stories such as the 1990 Loyola Marymount Lions, the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, the 1979 University of Pennsylvania Quakers, and most certainly the 2006 George Mason Patriots and the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack teams. I am getting chills just thinking about the month of March!

Lets put it in a musical perspective. The song "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" makes me say "Bah! Humbug!", and the song "Let It Snow" sounds equivalent to styrofoam rubbing together. My favorite carol of all time is the anthem of college basketball, "One Shining Moment". I personally prefer the Luther Vandross version. It gets me everytime...

"The ball is tipped
And there you are
You're running for your life
You're a shooting star...

In one shining moment, its all on the line
One shining moment, they're frozen in time
One shining moment, you reach for the sky
One shining moment"

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