One more time I couldn’t think of anything to write today on my blog. So what did I need? Some sort of stimulus that I can then reflect on. Okay, where do I find that? “Get in Scarlet, drive to the nearest convenience store, buy a copy of The Toronto Star or The Globe and Mail, head to Wimpy’s Diner in St. Thomas for an early supper, find an article that moves you, and write about that.”
So who am I to argue with a voice like that?
I had just started my pursuit on the front page of The Star, perusing an article about two teens who died on the Olympic bobsled track in Calgary. They snuck in overnight and launched their toboggan. So sad. I was sitting here in this booth half an hour ago, wondering if this was “the one”, when I glanced up at the TV. There sat Barack and Michelle Obama, being interviewed in what looked to be the Oval Office.
I watched transfixed, leaving Calgary far behind. Barack and Michelle sat on a love seat, facing the female interviewer. Their arms were touching. What a couple is supposed to do. When each of them smiled, often at each other, their faces were genuine, thoroughly so. No beauty contest winner show of teeth. No brief raising of the mouth that disappears in the next second. Instead … lingering love. So sweet to see.
Did I mention that the sound was off? I didn’t know the topic, but since it was a pre-game show for the Super Bowl, I had my guess. In fact, though, I didn’t care what they were talking about. The visuals said all I needed to know.
One might expect the President of the United States to do most of the talking but not so. The three of them shared the floor pretty equally. Mr. President often reached over and took Mrs. President’s hand in his. Just folks … really caring folks.
Time to go. No wi-fi here so I’ll go home to publish my post. I’ll take my copy of The Star. Didn’t really need it.