“Turn Etch-a-Sketch upside down and shake and everything disappears.”
When December 31 turns to January 1 on Saturday night, 2016, the good, the bad, the strange, the crazy won’t magically disappear.
No kicking the year to the curb, kids. It’ll still be there, hanging around in your mind with important thoughts like, “Did the cat get stuck in the closet again?”
Relax, kids. Mookie’s fine.
I was told I was a little too dour in my sum-up-2016 post from earlier this week, so let’s fix that with just five quick off-the-top-of-my-head things in 2016 that made me smile:
5. Boaty McBoatface. Even though things ultimately didn’t work out with the name.
3. Radio Garden which gives you a world of radio, airing live. Spin the globe, click, and suddenly you’re listening to the top hits in Namibia (which I whole-heartedly recommend you do right now). It’s old school radio and internet awesomeness smooshed together. It could swallow up your entire morning.
2. Zamboni Guy who drove his Zamboni through a Tim Horton’s drive-thru in Canada last week.
1.And, Bartolo Colon’s home run again. But, this time in Spanish.
I wanted one photo to sum up 2016. And, I knew immediately which one I wanted. It’s not a baseball photo, which I hope doesn’t bum you out too much.
In March, the University of Virginia was a favorite to make it to the NCAA basketball Final Four. Then they played underdog #10-seed Syracuse on March 27. And, things were going great for the Wahoos. Until Virginia gave up a 32-21 first-half lead to lose 68-62. Don’t let the final score fool you. It wasn’t close. The second half was slow and painful and horrible and stunning. (Unless you were rooting for Syracuse.) Everything was going great. And, then all of a sudden, everything wasn’t.
And, in the aftermath, this is my photo of the year.
And, not because Virginia Guard London Perrantes looks so devastated. Perrantes didn’t even go through the handshake line at the end of the game, and that still annoys me a little. But, that slight didn’t matter to Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije. In the midst of the Syracuse celebration, he stopped, walked over, put his hand on Perrantes’ shoulder.
“I came over to him and said ‘Good game. You’re a good player,”’ Gbinije said.
There are millions of things more important than sports. But what is important is being a good sport. A compassionate sport. In all things.
Whether you like it or not, 2016 will not shake and disappear on Saturday night. But life will go on. There will be a new Boaty McBoatface. Bartolo Colon will do something awesome. And, Mookie will hide in the closet again.
Some days we’ll need a hand on our shoulder. And, some days we’ll need to be that hand.