Russ here. I know, I know, it's been awhile.
Not too many people get excited for Mondays. But Monday can be a great day of the week. Penn Station offers by-one-get-one sandwich free (or "BOGO," as Katie would say) on Mondays. Tony's BBQ has all you can eat on Mondays. Ice & Fuel has 1/2 price wings on Mondays. Mike Duffy's even has free beer on Monday nights! Oh, and after weekends away with the band, Mondays are mine and Eliot's day to kick mom back out of the house for some guy time.
But this Monday is special. This Monday is one of my favorite days of the year. Yeah, like Christmas.....
This Monday is Opening Day for the 2008 baseball season. The Mohr boys are very excited. Also known to Cubs fans as "next year." [And before you go typing comments, trying to be funny, making Cubs jokes, please beware that you're dealing with a lifelong die-hard Cubbie fan here. No amount of your cute little Cardinal humor or sarcasm could ever penetrate my super-thick, heavy-duty Cub fan armor. Take your best shot.] This is our year.
No, really. REALLY!
The funniest part for me is knowing that as far as Eliot is concerned, the Cubs are always among the best teams in the National League. After all, shortly after he moved to the States, the Cubs won the National League Central and made the playoffs during his first October as a US citizen. As far as he knows, the Cubs are in the playoffs every year (and the Cardinals are not)!!!! And that kind of naive optimism is exactly why he is primed to be the perfect Cubs fan. Katie's already got him saying "Go Cubs!"
But that's not the point. The point is, it's almost baseball season. It's March Madness. It's spring! The best time of year. No matter who you cheer for, first or last place, baseball is the best. Opening Day! Only October is as great (esp. when the Cubbies get to play!) We overheard a little boy (maybe 10 yrs old) the other day trash talking with his dad about his NCAA tourney brackets and Katie smiled and reminded me that some day Eliot and I will be able to have funny little conversations like that. That is so awesome.
I'm excited. It's the absolute greatest time of year, and now I've got a little buddy to enjoy it with!!!!