Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall, Football, & Some Thoughts on Being Perfect

Before the storm - a little father-son futbol action was taking place on the Nettlehorst Elementary School playground.

Oh, Autumn. 

After the storm - Melrose Diner lights  
What a show she put on today in Chicago. Windy, sunny, and warm turned to stormy, ominous, and cold. 'Tis my favorite season. I find it ironic how the smell of decaying leaves can cause me to slow my pace through the streets, as I try my best to take in those showers of red, orange, and gold coloring the ground. Yeah, I do love the cozy sweaters and scarves; the cider and hot chocolate... the bonfires just as much as the next person, I'm sure. And who can forget the football?!  

Fall brings out the nostalgia and heartache in me, I guess. And so, on my earlier walk down the street pictured above, I was lamenting the end of one of the best shows everFriday Night Lights. Now if you know me, you know I'm a huge Friday Night Lights fan (understatement). If you've read the book, seen the film or TV series (Netflix it!), you probably understand. And while I often think about FNL - how special it is - today I specifically remembered Coach Gaines' closing speech in the film on being perfect. 

And when I got home from runnin' errands around this Windy City, I picked up an old notebook I've been meaning to go through (see - nostalgia) and turned to a page where I noted Derrick Brown's poem "Victorious Explosions." (Kristen actually introduced me to this guy - how grateful I am, K!)

He speaks about being perfect, too. (And like FNL, he is soundtracked by Explosions In The Sky.) It's funny, because neither Derrick Brown nor Coach Gaines defines perfect as winning. 

Here's the last stanza of "Victorious Explosions:"

"... There is nothing for me to learn from winning.
It is losing, that has yielded all the unforgettable lessons.
Losing is pregnant with chance.
Victory escorts loss at every dance.


is harmony

I'm thankful for the reminder. 

Let us cheers to the Fall, y'all.


  1. Ah. How true this is, Rach.

    I am with you. I am thankful for fall because as much as things are dying, it means to me a new beginning.

    This quote by Dostoyevsky addresses the second half of your post:

    “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

    Thanks for this, Rach. :)

  2. Way to say it, Dostoyevsky! Pretty profound, K. Thank you.

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