I do remember three things very clearly. Number one was the Sandy Hook choir. They were wonderful. No child at any time did anything inappropriate. They were all singing from the heart. They are what our nation is made of and will be made of. It brought me to tears. Thank you, students.
Another thing that brought me to tears was the Star Spangled Banner. Alicia Keys, thank you for singing it just the way you did. From you choice of clothing to your heartfelt, simple version I will remember your song the way my parents remembered Kate Smith.
During the National Anthem, the pictures of our military faces serving our country in uniform was wonderful. Thank you to them for serving. Thank you, television producers, for helping us to remember them.
It was during the national anthem, though, that I decided to stay tuned to the game. I saw players standing at attention in a respectful manner. There was one young man from the blue team that absolutely compelled me to root for his team. He stood and sang the words of the national anthem with tears streaming down his face.
Until that moment I had no favorites in the game. I was going to turn it off after the National Anthem, but I couldn’t when the players themselves acted like adults. I wish that all of the children and teens watching the Super Bowl would remember the respectful, gentle way the men from both teams stood at the National Anthem.
Unfortunately they will remember the fights and brawling that took place on the field instead. That is what they will emulate on the playground at school.
When someone puts you on a pedestal, big or little, you have an obligation to be the best human being you can be first, and the best human being you can be at doing what you do second. Come back next week for a look at something that makes me laugh.