Beautiful Ride

The somewhat self-indulgent rantings about the beautiful ride that is my life!

A Little Cup of Happy… February 19, 2011

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It is Saturday. It is early. And, for the first time in weeks, well…maybe months, I have nothing to do. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I always have SOMETHING to do. With four sons, there is always SOMETHING to do…laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, driving, breaking up fights…  But, what I mean is I have nothing scheduled for this morning. No grocery delivery at 6 am, no dance classes, no movie shoots, no auditions, no football practice, no meetings, no crisis at work, no out-of-town trips…nothing. What’s a woman to do, with no scheduled activity, no “thing” to rush to, no event to attend? Well, I think I’ll stay right here, seated at the kitchen island, and pour myself another little cup of happy!

Whiling away a Saturday morning with relaxing cup of coffee in hand in one of my favorite treats. The key word being “relaxing”. My family thinks I’m crazy, because during the work week, I set my alarm for much earlier than I need to…all in the hopes of enjoying a “relaxing” cup of coffee, alone in the quiet stillness of the morning, before the responsibilities of  “a day in the life” take hold. And although it is a welcome moment in my everyday life, it is not always as peaceful as it may seem. I watch the clock, careful to make sure that everyone is rising on time to make it to the airport, office, or classroom…the choreographed timing of showers, breakfasts, notes to and from teachers, appointment and activity reminders…having that loom over your cup of coffee can make it slightly less than a warm and friendly experience. But that’s life, and it’s good, and I’m happy to serve in the role of coordinator, planner, schedule keeper…in fact, I think I’m pretty good at it!

But a Saturday…well, that’s a different story. Having to pop out of bed, grab a quick cup of coffee, shower, and begin to drive all over town, delivering kids to this practice and that, running to the store for the items that they have to have for this project or that (which they forgot to tell me the thousand times I was out during the week, and it’s due on Monday!), picking up fresh produce from the grocery store, the dry cleaning, something for dinner, and on and on….well, that gets to be a drag. A Saturday morning should be about taking it slow, staying in your jammies, paging through magazines, reading a great book, listening to great music, and coffee…lots of warm, rich, delicious coffee.

So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pour another cup. I’m going to turn up the music to drown out the sound of boys playing video games, put my slippered feet up, and  grab a decorating magazine or a Pottery Barn catalog and dream of renovating my bedroom. The laundry will wait, the dust bunnies will still be there at noon, the grocery store will still be open later. I’ll get to it this afternoon. But this morning off, well, this moment could slip away and not return for quite some time, and it’s such a welcomed gift.  I’m going to enjoy it.  And if you are enjoying a similar moment right now…well, then I’m raising my coffee cup to you!


The True Spirit of the Steeler Nation! February 6, 2011

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If you know me well, you know that I am a huge Steeler fan! I was a fan when I was a little girl, I was a fan when I moved to Pittsburgh to get married and start a family, and (according to my husband) I’ve become an even bigger fan since we left Pittsburgh in 2001. So it should come as no surprise that I’m writing a little about my favorite team playing my favorite sport!

It has been quite a year for my boys in black and gold….and I could write all night about Ben’s quest for redemption, Harrison’s hard-hitting toughness, Ward’s great big smile and strong leadership, Miller and Wallace and their glorious sticky fingers, Pouncey’s amazing rookie season, Mendenhall’s ground game, Suisham stepping in, Polamalu’s hair and superhuman skill,  Brett Kiesel’s mythical beard…Timmons, Woodley, Hampton, Tomlin, LeBeau, Mr. Rooney….the list goes on and on….

But, as any TRUE Steeler fan knows, one of the most beloved icons of Steeler history comes from THE most beloved voice in Steeler history. The voice belonged to Myron Cope, and the icon of the Steeler Nation…the Terrible Towel.

The story of the Terrible Towel goes something like this…Prior to the Steeler’s first playoff game of the ’75 season, Myron was asked to help come up with a “gimmick” to ignite the fans.

“I said, what we need is something that everybody already has, so it doesn’t cost a dime. So I says, ‘We’ll urge people to bring out to the game gold or black towels,’ then I’ll tell people if you don’t have a yellow, black or gold towel, buy one. And if you don’t want to buy one, dye one. We’ll call this the Terrible Towel.”

— Myron Cope on the invention of the Terrible Towel.

Cope would tout the versatility of the towel…to clean your seat, protect you from the rain, protect your face from Pittsburgh cold winter weather…fans surprisingly loved them and have been twirling them ever since. The most beautiful part of the story is that in 1996, Cope gave the rights to the Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, PA (just outside of Pittsburgh), where Cope’s autistic son is a resident. Proceeds of the Terrible Towel support the school, which cares for more than 900 people with mental retardation and physical disabilities. And because Steeler fans know the power of the towel comes from the generosity and authenticity of Myron, I predict the sales will never slow down and I predict the school will be set forever. Myron passed away in 2008, and his colorful commentary and “Cope-isms” are dearly missed, but he left a beautiful legacy.

As I sit here watching my boys playing their game, I’m proud to wave my towel in support of my team and clutch it when things aren’t looking good.  Win or lose, the towel remains as a symbol of the true spirit of Myron Cope and the Steeler Nation.

Click here if you’re interested in getting your own Terrible Towel!