Monday, August 13, 2012
This week's challenge: Using between 33 and 333 words, compose something that includes the third definition of the following word:
a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also :the focus of one's domestic attention <home is where the heart is>b : habitat
It’s a sunny Saturday and I’m thrilled because I’m doing what has brightened my summers ever since I was a little girl: going to a baseball game at Wrigley Field. As I enter through the turnstyle, I go from sunlight to a cool, humid, gray darkness. It smells like beer and hot dogs and salt and … history. I mean, it smells old in there. After all, it’s been the home of the Chicago Cubs for 96 seasons now. I locate the entrance to the section where my seat is. I walk up the plain cement steps and suddenly I see it.
The field itself, bathed in sunshine and blanketed in green. The grounds are green turf, the red brick walls are covered with ivy, the scoreboard is painted a flat, deep forest color. The seats are painted same green and filled with Cub fans just like me. Oh, they may not look like me – after all, an almost dizzying array of demographics is represented – but we’re all there for the same reason: we’re here to cheer our guys and we’re hoping for a win.
As I take it all in my heart swells because I know I’m home.