So much hoopla and excitement this week over Super Bowl 50. We went out to dinner this week and the restaurant had a sign that said, "closing Sunday at 5 for the game." It's like the whole country is going to come to a standstill. I'll be one of the millions watching.
I really enjoy football. I know I've said before how amazed I am at the way some fans react when their team falls behind. I've seen it at Texans games. They get mad and start piling out of the stadium, yell ugly things, etc. It's just a game! A form of entertainment...not life and death.
Last month the Minnesota Vikings were trailing by one point in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. There wasn't much time left and Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh needed to kick a 27 yard field goal. It should have been an easy kick, but he missed. Many fans were outraged and lots of ugly things were said.
A first grade teacher noticed that the children in her class were saying things that they had heard at home like, "He should be fired!" (I'm sure that's one of the milder things she heard.) She decided to use this situation as a teachable moment. The children were learning about empathy, so she had them write letters to Blair Walsh. They did and he surprised them by visiting the class to thank them for their kindness.
I found the entire story heartwarming. Some adults could learn from these first graders.