What a night in Cleveland, Ohio! And a celebration of respect and gratitude was on the frontlines!
From a sports fan’s and Ohioan’s viewpoint, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, did itself proud last night in an amazing situation when the Cleveland Indians opened the World Series with a Game One 6-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field, while the Cleveland Cavaliers were next door at Quicken Loans Arena raising their 2015-’16 NBA Championship banner before dispatching the New York Knicks, 117-88, in the 2016-’17 NBA season opener.
The Indians have waited for another World Series championship since 1948. The Cavs’ NBA Championship, completed in June of this year, was the team’s first ever NBA title! (Oh, right: the Cleveland Browns won their only NFL Championship in 1964!)
The King, LeBron James, recorded a triple double performance after he and his Cavs Court had received their championship rings in an emotional ceremony.
High emotions in the two heart-thumping sports moments didn’t translate to mayhem and destruction. Reactions were made up of gratitude, respect, and humbleness. (Even the Chicago Cubs, who last won the World Series in 1908, were respectful losers in their first game of the 2016 Series.)
Thank you, everyone who respected each other in Cleveland, Ohio, last night!
We lost Dad, we eight, in 2011; our beloved Mother, in 2015. They were 87, and 90, respectively, at the time they left us.
The other day, I read yet another tragic story of family abuse, of a father who abused his wife in front of their children.
Today, I want to say a very special and specific thank you for having been raised by a loving Dad, who never failed to show respect and love to his wife, our Mother, in front of us. Their love was constant, sprinkled with wonderful humor, cemented in respect and faith.
Our Mother was singularly devoted to Dad, and we grew in strength and faith through her example when he passed.
Thank you, Dad; thank you, Mother. We all know you are together again. We miss you, here, on Earth.
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg