The Easter Bunny, Hope & Sports
Last night as I said good night to my 7 year old son Connor, his last words to me were ‘I hope the Easter Bunny comes’. My response was ‘I’m sure he will’ because…well, you know. Which brings up a hotly debated topic yesterday in our household, is the Easter Bunny a he or a she, but I digress. This morning as my two boys came flying downstairs in search of hidden eggs & baskets, I thought about what Connor said to me the night before.
When you’re a child there’s really not much you can control so you ‘hope’ for things all the time. When you become an adult, you have a certain level of control over what you do and how you act which takes hope out of the equation in most occasions. Sure, you still say you hope this or that will happen but more times than not the actions you took or will take in relation to that thing you’re hoping for will determine whether or not it happens.
So what does any of this have to do with sports? Pretty much everything as cheering for our sports teams is the one area where hope is just as important & meaningful to an adult as it is to a child. As fans we have absolutely no control over what will or won’t happen on the field, diamond or pitch. Cheering for our teams is all about hope because it’s all we have. We hope every day that the Brewers will get a win. We hope that NFL lockout will end so we can have the Packers defend their Championship. It’s often said that playing sports as an adult brings out the child in us. Cheering for sports does the same thing, because hoping your team wins is just as important to you as your child hoping the Easter Bunny will show up.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter today, however you may observe and spend it. Here’s also hoping the Brewers get a win today.