Today was Stimulus Tuesday at the movie theater, so we went to see "McFarland, USA."
This is a bold thing to say, but in terms of inspirational race-related sports films, it's maybe one of the best.
I think it's because Emily has been really into her Latin American Humanities class lately. She tells me about it and sometimes has me read short stories by Sandra Cisneros. And then on Friday nights, we watch "From Prada to Nada," which is a retelling of Sense & Sensibility about Latina girls in Los Angeles.
I've never wanted to be another ethnicity. But, like Emily says, their culture is so intoxicating.
It's full of color--colors that burst out of the land when the earth was formed that they've been passing down from mother to son and father to daughter since the beginning of time.
It's full of dancing that twists and turns in a sweet singsong like the sound of their words.
It's full of faith, where God is ever-present, and worshiping Him is as natural as crossing a room or breaking into a smile, so that the sacred and the secular mingle intimately from moment to moment.
It's full of love, like a big room of people you know you're related to, but aren't sure how.
Everyone is just as worthwhile as everyone else. When you realize that, sometimes you give away a kidney. Sometimes you want to end poverty in other countries and end discrimination against people whose culture is so intoxicating.
But instead, sometimes all you do is win cross-country meets. Instead, sometimes all you do is ignore everything and go to the movies for Stimulus Tuesday.