The joys of Mudville

People don’t get enough joy from their lives. I’m not talking about mere happiness, but the overwhelming ecstasy of joy. When the tide of euphoria rips through you and forces you to laugh or smile and cry. When something so magnanimous happens that there can be no rational response and the feeling that something like that may never happen again.

I’m talking about Christmas morning as a seven year old, the moment just before kissing someone, watching the Sox come back against the Yankees in Game 4 (not me in the video but my reaction was pretty much the same) of the ALCS with 38,000 other people all experience the exact same emotion, the birth of your first child, etc.

Anyway, it’s the reason I enjoy watching the videos from Improv Everywhere, because they peddle in joy. What could easily be mean spirited isn’t. They are a source of good in this world, making things more joyous.

Can you imagine being one of these Little Leaguers?

Here is an email on of the parents sent the group: “The parents will be talking about this for a long time? the kids even longer. My son was a pitcher on the Lugnuts. We had a long/tough season last year. Saturday made up for everything. I want to sincerely thank you for making Saturday so unbelievable. It was like a birthday, Christmas, and New Years Eve captured in a few amazing hours. Thanks a million for a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

A birthday, Christmas and New Years Eve all rolled into one. Shouldn’t more things in life be this joyous?

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