I did the Lakefront 10 Miler yesterday. (I walked it because I was sick for two weeks and my training was derailed but that's another story, which you can feel free to read here if you'd like.)
But, I noticed something that I've noticed many times before at all of my prior races.
It's something that, in light of this past week's events, I thought might be different this time but it wasn't.
At the beginning, when everyone is lined up at the start line, if you look around you will notice people stretching, fiddling with their playlist on their iPod, fixing their ponytails, retying their shoes, eating energy bars.
When the National Anthem begins, I stop what I'm doing and put my hand over my heart.
And, I'm often the only one.
As I take a quick glance from the corner of my eye, I'll see maybe one or two other people doing the same. Everyone else is stretching, fiddling with their playlist on their iPod, fixing their ponytails, retying their shoes, eating energy bars.
Maybe it's because they're distracted. Races do create nerves, which can lead to distraction and the urge to keep fiddling, fixing and retying.
Maybe their religious or other views preclude them from placing their hand over their heart. That's fine. Isn't that what makes this country great?
But, please, at least show some respect for this country by standing still and, yes, not stretching, fiddling with your playlist on your iPod, fixing your ponytail, retying your shoes or eating energy bars until you hear the words 'land of the free and the home of the brave.'
This country, while not perfect, is still great.
And, of course, in the spirit of Roses, I am grateful to live here.
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Speaking of the National Anthem, if you haven't yet seen this, it is a rendition to behold ~
Boston Bruins game, April 17, 2013