Lying in bed the afternoon after a lively night spent in the emergency room (I had eaten some bad chicken from the local grocery store) I decided to rent the documentary Pelota off of iTunes. The film is centered on a young couple that had recently graduated from college and was unsuccessfully trying to find their calling in life. Rather than dwell on their misgivings, they decide to fundraise enough money to travel the globe playing pick-up soccer games with persons of every country they visit.
As I was walking up the stairs at Loras College on a bright September day, I saw a young man with a diamond stud in each of his ears, baggy plaid shorts, and a yellow t-shirt. I had seen Chris before. Little did I know that in March, six months later, Chris’ actions, as well as the actions of three of his teammates, would bring my wife, Dene’, and me to joyful tears.
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