On two recent occasions I attended events that required “tickets.”
The first was the annual Boy Scouts of America breakfast. USR sponsored a table there and we were enjoying breakfast and the excitement in the air as we anticipated the featured guest speaker, Chris Stewart, president and general manager of our local professional hockey team, the Colorado Eagles. At the opening of the meeting, everyone was invited to stand up and join in the pledge of allegiance as the color guard posted the colors. Then a young Boy Scout offered up a prayer. This is America, where we may choose to participate in such offerings… and we proudly did so. After the prayer, the Master of Ceremonies said that if the mornings festivities were to end right then (after the pledge of allegiance, the posting of the colors, and the prayer), it would have been well worth the price of admission. I agreed.
On Memorial Day this week, my fresh college graduate son and I attended a baseball game- Rockies vs. the Dodgers- and yes, we wore our Dodger Blue at Coors Field (we all have our favorite teams to root for)! The field had just been washed by a terrific downpour and the clouds were still blowing over with the sun peeking through. On the field were three branches of the Military, all in crisp uniforms and perfectly aligned in rows at full attention. The Flags were prominently displayed with a giant United States flag, pulled from corner to corner by color guard, rolling in the breeze. A lady in the Military sang the Star Spangled Banner, and we were invited to remove our hats and sing along- which we did. Afterwards, I leaned over to my son and said, “Regardless of the ensuing game and its outcome, this was worth the price of admission.” He agreed. Then the umpires yelled “Play Ball”- but the most significant part of the event was already completed.
I pondered this a bit and realized that there are many beginnings in our lives that come before the “Main Event.” Those beginnings are really the most precious part. All that is required of us is to pay the price of admission.
The Dodgers won 16-6… I had to get that in!