I’m impressed. Not because this is the first day of spring. Not because some teams won and some teams lost.
I’m impressed by this student in the Villanova band, playing after their #1 seeded team lost to North Carolina State.
I don’t know her name. That’s not the point.
What is the point is in the mix of tears, in the mix of a crushing loss, in the mix of a devastating moment when the dreams become empty space, she’s still playing the school song on her piccolo. That impresses me…still offering loyalty and support. Sure, the tears flow. Her heart shows on her cheek, the glassy eyes bring sadness clear if not loud. Understandable. But even more…it struck me…she didn’t stop the song…the music…the loyalty. An important voice in the mix of a sordid world in which we try to sing our song. Becoming mute is not an option.
This is far more than a picture. It’s a hope we always spell tenacity more than hopelessness.