How long before one of the miners brought up from the jaws of hell is asked, "Honey, take the garbage to the basement?"
From South Africa to Australia to Norway to Japan, the whole world watched and waited wondering if it would work, and collectively prayed that it would work. And it did. Like MSNBC's beautiful commercial, Lean Forward, which is a love letter to the nation, the commercial could also be a message to the world. And everyone indeed leaned forward Tuesday night watching their television sets, waiting for the first miner to be winched up from deep in a Chilean gold mine.
Fingers crossed, the first miner came up. It worked! It's Christmas in October. Santa came up the chimney. The president and first lady of Chile were there to greet the miner. The miner's little boy bravely waited apprehensively, breaking into tears when he finally saw his father. The next miner came out of the capsule with a roar and a cheer for Chile. He brought up rocks for his rescuers, handing them out, but remembered to remove his hard hat when he greeted the first lady of Chile. Somewhere a Chilean mother was beaming proudly at her son's good manners. These men were real live heros.
So why exactly are football players paid millions to toss a pointed ball around a field? And they throw tantrums in the middle of that field when a foul is called by a linesman? No shrinking violets they, baseball players are also paid millions. Baseball is suppose to be the national pastime? Get real. It's a game that a kid could play. No risk involved. It's fun. Played in good weather. Or at least played in fresh air. And they are paid millions? They are paid more for one game than a miner will ever earn in a lifetime. The miners are the real champions.
Some likened it to the miracle on the Hudson. Yes and yes. It leaves a smile on your face. Something ended up right. Something that could have been a catastrophe. People made something right.