I grabbed the moon 3 years ago and the Cubs won the World Series in November 2016. I have been a Cubs fan since my grandmother took me to games on the El when I was little. I remember when I was about 8 she asked me to go get her a beer. The guy at the beer booth said, “I can’t sell it to you” as he laughed. I went back and told Grandma what he said and she said, “That’s ridiculous! Of course it’s not for you.” Then there were the times we would go on Ladies Day where women and girls over the age of 12 got in free. I was with one of my sisters and we were younger than 12, but Gram pushed us under the turnstile saying, “they are over 12”. I wasn’t comfortable with this but that was life with Gram!
Then in high school I had a summer job as an Andy Frain Usher and worked day games at Wrigley (before lights) and night White Sox games at Comisky Park. At White Sox games they made the female ushers leave at the 7th inning stretch because of safety concerns. The day games at Wrigley were much more fun and I got to see the whole game.
I do credit Gram with giving me the love of baseball and she also taught me to knit and I also love knitting. So when I saw a Facebook post about people writing the names of loved ones who didn’t live to see the Cubs go all the way in chalk on the walls of Wrigley Field, I asked my brother if he could go put Gram’s name on the wall. He did, on the way to a party to watch the 7th game.
He said the Cubs got their first inning home run while he was writing it – Gram would have been so happy.
He stood on a bucket to write it in a blank spot.
Thanks Pete! It looks good. And the Cubs finally went all the way! The Eddie Vedder song “Someday we’ll go all the way ” has been a battle hymn for the Cubs and it’s now obsolete. Someday came!
And my life with ALS continues. This week I started wearing my Precision Medicine Program motion sensors. It’s a little scary to know that I may notice the progression of my disease more quickly now that data will be recorded online once a month.
I will wear these once a month for 6 or 7 days. It is nice to be contributing to science in a small way – wearing these ugly sensors for one fourth of each month. On the first, third, and fifth days of wearing them each month I have to do prescribed exercises at certain times of day.
On November 6 at 2 AM, most of the United States will turn the clocks back one hour to end daylight savings time. With this time change, I am finding myself in the midst of a life changing event – after one more week of work, I will be going on medical leave while I apply for disability retirement. The reasons are two-fold: my last illness made me realize a job around sick kids is probably not the best place for me. Also, it is really hard to be a school secretary and not use the phone. I had hoped to work 1o more years, but we don’t get to plan everything. I have loved my job and I leave with bittersweet feelings, but it’s time for a change.
People are still contributing to my #whatwouldyougive campaign to support ALS TDI. Thank you!