Cubs Win — Cockles of Heart Warmed

 

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Chicago Cubs Win World Series

What can I say? After 108 years, before the strike of midnight in Chicago, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in Cleveland, Ohio. They won, and Chicago is in elated bliss. I wish I could show you all the pictures, the celebrations, the parade with the people — the 5 million strong people — who have come together to celebrate this long sought title.

For a few short days, there are no grim faces. Instead, as one of my FB friends said, it “warms the cockles of my heart” to see all the people together, one stand, strong and proud as they high-five the police who watch over the crowd, smiles on their face, and cheers for the team that made this event possible. There is no sign of violence and the 5 million are one in force. Together we stand. Together the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the many faithful Cubs fans across our great nation  see nothing but glory today.

Tomorrow the news will turn back to the tumultuous election that is taking place in our country, tomorrow the news will turn back to the Native American effort to stop the pipeline that wants to go across their sacred ground, tomorrow the news will turn back to the shootings in Chicago and elsewhere as the black and blue collide, tomorrow the news will once again turn sour.

But today is a different day. It is our hope. It is who we are. It is a mere 5 million who stand together.

And those who look from afar, the scenes will “warm the cockles of your heart”. What are cockles?  Actually, cockle is from the Latin word “cochlea” (which means snail) and cockles refer to the ventricles of the heart. Why cockles? Because that is what the ventricles’ shape reminds one of. And we know that when we speak of something coming from the heart, it gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling, a good feeling. So, when we say “it warms the cockles of my heart”, we are really saying it makes me feel really good, warm and happy for something to be seen or experienced.

I will take it a step further. Watching the news clips, the videos, the celebrations, the tears of joy, the warmed cockles of my heart restores my faith in humanity. When needed, and in this case a very good event happened, people do come together putting aside their differences and forge ahead as one.

Thank you Cubs, you are exactly what we needed right now.

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Have a great weekend. Next week, I am sure I will be off my Cubs high — but for right now. They won. After 108 years, they won.

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