and its a cougar win!

January 16, 2012

Michael and his team had their team opener on Friday night. Let me just tell you that since I have been going since my freshman year, I have never seen so many people at a match! It was amazing! The stands were overflowing and there was not a seat in the building. I had to come a little late because Sydney had a doctor's appointment and I didn't have anywhere to sit. {eventually I just kind of pushed my way through people, because, hello, my husband was playing!} I think it is safe to say it was one of the most fun matches to watch to date. There was so much energy. The guys won convincingly (7-0). I am so excited for the rest of the season to play out - this a very talented group of guys. 

Anyway, our weekend was wonderful. We spent yesterday with my little brother and some of his friends. Oh how I love having family out here! It was also nice to have an extra day today to relax. We read up on some speeches Martin Luther King Jr. gave to honor this special day. That man was, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever walk the earth. He was so inspired and so eloquent in the way he sought to change things. He was resilient and courageous. I am so thankful for what he did for our country. One of my favorite quotes comes from his acceptance speech on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964. 

He said, "I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!

This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born."

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