I absolutely adore the movie Rudy. Maybe it is my love of Notre Dame football or more likely the story of the underdog overcoming all obstacles for a hard earned few minutes of passion in the play. Whatever the reason, when the crowd begins chanting, "rudy, Rudy, RUDY!" the tears start forming. Eventually my lip will quiver and the flood gate breaks as I weep and chant, clapping with the fans on the TV in my living room. EVERYTIME! Today while watching our friends casting story, I once again experienced my Rudy moment. I have seen Jackson's video many times and yet when the music changes and cast #9 is captioned on the screen, the tears just start to flow. JOY, Admiration, Longing, Hope.
Jackson's party was the first cast off celebration we attended with our Lucky Cast Club family. The day was a perfect ray of HOPE for our small group. The pinnacle of the evening came at dusk with a special prayer of hope being lifted to heaven for all our friends at the time still in the process. Music began, Chinese laterns were lit. As each lantern ascended to heaven, a name was read with silent prayers and tears for our friends still in the casting journey. Tears of joy, tears of sorrow and an intense fire was lit that very night. I relive our first moments of fear and joy while watching Jackson's casting story and many years later, I am still moved by the final slides....VICTORY, Jackson's Rudy moment.
I dream about William's party. It has changed many times in the last 3.5 years. I started planning a party for an infant, then toddler, now little boy. I am not sure if we will all chant, william, William, WILLIAM, or if we will dress as superheros. The seasons change from a Summer pool party, to Fall bash with hayride. One thing that remains constant is my belief it will happen. Rudy Ruettiger spent 2 years at Holy Cross Junior College and faced 3 rejection letters from Notre Dame before finally being accepted to his dream school. He was not a starter, he worked hard and became a loyal member of the practice team. He dressed for one game and played in a total of 3 plays.
This June, I am praying each of our friends have their moment. I know for some of us, it will come in different forms, not all of us will reach the magic number and emBrace a new journey. We can celebrate the changes and embrace the life we are each given. We can find peace in our choices and comfort from our crowd of raving fans in the transitions!