Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Sophomore Album of Sorts

Anyone remember CDs?  Ok, I realize I just aged myself significantly, but there was a time when we would wait and wait for an actual physical disc in a plastic case to hit the shelves at Walmart so we could spend our hard earned $17 to be able to have the one song that we really liked.  For the under-25 readers in the class, CDs are those things taking up space next to the XBox games and iTunes gift cards at the back of Target.  Glad to know we're back on the same page.

Anyway, there was always the fear of the big "sophomore slump" with CDs, the syndrome that many artists dealt with when they had a mega successful album sell like crazy only to have their next CD sink like a Carnival cruise ship.  This is the best analogy I can come up with to describe the horrible feelings of apprehension I had as I stared at the blinking cursor, preparing to write this post.

What on earth could I possibly follow up with?
How do I even go about responding?
Would my blog even work or is it so flippin' tired from having to work so hard that it just wants a nap? (Because I know that's how I'm feeling right now.)

Usually Wednesday would be a "What I Wore" post, but the last thing on my mind right now is digging through goofy selfies of my clothes to post on the Internet.  It just doesn't make sense when I feel like there is just SO MUCH TO SAY.

Above all, I want to say an enormous THANK YOU to every single person who read my story about The Mystery Man at Miller Park.  Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing, thank you for smiling, and thank you for taking a moment out of your day to reflect on the good in this world.  Thank you to those who applauded my decision to moderate the comments and to all of your for your patience with trying to get a hold of me the last day or so.

No clue what I'm talking about?  Here are just a few places where you can find the various news stories that hit the web yesterday.

And here's Chad's response to this whole craziness!

A couple of things I would like to clarify / reply to / comment on:

1.  I did not write this story in an attempt at any kind of fame, perks, or other such notoriety.  I'm a mother and a blogger, so when something cool happens to my kid, it is as natural as breathing for me to write about it.  Did I want to know this dude's name?  Of course!  Did I ever think the Internet at large would launch into a frenzy to find him?  No way, man.  Crazypants.

2.  The "Mystery Man," who I now know as Chad, has been super-gracious and humble through this whole thing and I'm so impressed by his character.  This story struck a chord with readers because deep down we all want to cling to the goodness, kindness, and selflessness in people.  It's part of how God has wired us!  I am indebted to Chad not only for the thrilling experience he gave my son, but also for providing me with the chance to write about things that resonated with people.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." 
Philippians 4:8  

3.  The Internet is a funny thing.   Even when an event like this happens that warms the majority of hearts, there will always be evil stalking around like a lion, hunting for a way to undermine it.  That's why I didn't allow any comments on this blog if they didn't meet the criteria listed by Paul above.  There was no way I was going to let Satan get a foothold in a moment so beautifully orchestrated by God to allow his name to be praised and his children to delight in the goodness of his creation.

4.  In response to those who asked if I was a professional writer, the answer is NO.  I'm an English teacher according to my diploma, a mom according to my stretch marks, and a waitress according to the marinara stains on my shirt.  I write a blog purely for enjoyment!

At this point, I have no clue if this story has had its flash in the pan and will now fizzle out or if it will continue to grow.  As of this writing, I have been notified that it has hit the news in Australia, which boggles my mind more than the concept of "Sharknado."  We shall just have to see what happens from here and I look forward to taking you along for the ride!

P.S.  Our 2000 Honda Accord finally decided it didn't want to play anymore after nearly 220,000 miles, so in the midst of all the radio/Internet/TV interview craziness yesterday......we bought a "new to us" car!  Not thrilled about having a car payment again after working so stinking hard to get out of debt, but it is what it is.  I think Evan is liking his new ride though.

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