Please help me. I swear I never meant this to happen. I know they are the enemy, but I've done it. But don't blame me --- my son turned me into a Yankees fan.
I grew up loving baseball. But (again, help me), I was a Sox fan --- but not the beloved Red Sox. I was a Chicago White Sox fan. That's what you have to be on the south side of Chicago. I cheered for Dick Allen, Wilbur Wood, and even Bucky Dent --- he was in a White Sox uniform before he went to the dreaded Yankees.
Fast-forward 25 years, and I have a son. First he loves any kind of ball; then he discovers baseball. He starts playing Little League. Then he looks for a team. Naturally, he chooses a winner. He chooses the Yankees.
I am in shock and denial, but let him make his own choices. He devours their long and storied history. He waits for them to win the World Series, for in his short life as a fan, they've yet to win it all. But he thinks it's normal for them to make the play-offs every year. He also thinks it's normal for them to buy any player they want.
It used to be easy to hate them. Now they're kind of likeable. Now they have the Mr. Baseball of the next generation, Derek Jeter. And now, here I am, rushing out to get the morning paper to see how the Yankees did. What has the world come to?
--- Lynn Malooly
Box City Festival Sat, Oct 23. Create a cardboard-box town, YMCA, 27 Williams St, Auburn, 10 a.m. Free. 315-255-1553
Child Development Study For mothers and infants, Mothers and Infants Growing Healthy Together program, Mt. Hope Family Center. 275-2991
Children's Halloween Party Sun, Oct 24. Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, 2-5 p.m. $5. 594-8882
Central Library 115 South Ave. Fantastic, funny, favorite stories, Fridays through Nov 19, ages 3-5, 10 a.m. 428-8150 | Mummies of Ancient Egypt, Sun, Oct 24, based on MAG's mummy exhibit, 2 p.m. 428-8350.
Fright Fest Fri-Sun, Oct 22-24. Six Flags Darien Lake, Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat 1-10 p.m., Sun 1-8 p.m. Tix: $15.99 adults, $9.99 kids. 599-2211, www.sixflags.com/darienlake
Henrietta Public Library 445 Calkins Rd. Tues, Oct 26, toddler storytime, age 2 with caregiver, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Registration required. | Wed, Oct 20, 11-11:30 a.m., Tues Oct 26, 10:15-10:45 p.m., preschool storytime, ages 3 and 4. Registration required. 359-7092, www.hpl.org
Latin Dance and Drum Thurs, Oct 21. With dance troupe Bata Con Pies, Forum, Genesee Community College, 7 p.m. Free. 345-6832, www.generationcool.biz
Mozart Chorus Open House Sat, Oct 23. For ages 4-8, Wilmot Hall, Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 389-2700
Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. | Creepy Crawly Critters Family Fun Night, Wed, Oct 20, 6-8 p.m. Tix: $8.75. Preregister. | Book and Beast, Wed, Oct 20 and 27, 11 a.m. Free with admission. 336-7213 | ZooBoo, Sat-Sun, Oct 23-24, kids activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Little Ducks: Hide and Seek Zoo Discovery Class, Tues, Oct 26, age 2, 10:15-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tix: $18. Preregister. | Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-9453, www.senecazoo.org
Valentown Museum Spooktacular Sat, Oct 23. Includes Trail of Terror, ages 12 and up, Off Rte 96, Victor, 12-8 p.m. Tix: $2-$5. 924-4170 www.valentown.org
"...shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to recognize that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to recognize that you do not know it. That is knowledge." --- The Analects of Confucius, Book II.17
It is difficult to recognize and accept what we do and don't know. It has always been so.
Jesus had the most trouble with two factions in his day. One completely rejected the faith surrounding them as quaint, repressive superstition. A second kept their noses pressed far into their scrolls as they tallied their neighbors' infractions and did their best to live as stiffly and uncompromisingly as possible.
These polar extremes continue to thrive in most every culture. The first arrogantly looks askance at attempts to apply time-tested principals to modern quandaries. The second idolizes the mystery and enlightenment right out of religion. There's a little of each in most of us.
In these times of unwavering conviction and uncompromising belief, would you join me in repeating this, the ancient, holy tri-worded mantra that nourishes the roots of all healthy religion and makes level the foundation of all solid science? I don't know. I don't know. I don't know.
Repeat as necessary wherever humility is required. Email it to the Oval Office. Paint it on your placard at an angry demonstration. Sing it in the pew. Chant it in the voting booth. Most of all, teach it to your children, as widespread humility and newfound self-control are their only hope for reversing the sins of our generation. True, ignorance is no defense... but certainty is often indefensible.
--- Rev. Corey Keyes