Dear Sweet Cubby

…the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
From Luke 18:14

At a recent gathering with my sisters, I lamented the closing of a once favorite restaurant. Though the food was wonderful and the atmosphere was welcoming, the owner was even more so. We chose this eatery often, especially when we had our mom with us. You see, that owner was Ron Santo and our mom was a fan.

It was around 5:00 when we arrived that evening so long ago. On the way into the restaurant, our mom wondered aloud if Ron Santo would be there. As it happened, the Cubs’ famed third baseman made one of his frequent appearances to mingle with his patrons that night. When Mom saw him, she flew out of her chair to greet him. Ron Santo graciously shook her hand. Unfortunately for him, our mom didn’t let go. She pulled the poor man to our table. “You have to meet my five daughters,” she insisted.

Mr. Santo never stopped smiling as our mom dragged him along. When they arrived at our table, we apologized for our mom’s enthusiasm, but he would have none of it. Ron Santo looked at us and said, “Well, you sure have beautiful daughters, just like their mother!” He chatted with us for several minutes, gave our mom a hug and then went on his way. When we left the restaurant, Mr. Santo made a point of saying good-bye to Mom. Though this beloved Cubby is remembered for so much more, I’ll never forget his kindness to our mom.

Loving God, help me always to appreciate the good people who grace my life.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Lovable Cubby

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

From Luke 18:14

When my son emailed the photo of him and his family at spring training, thoughts of my favorite Cubby came to mind…

My sisters and I had taken our mom to Santo’s, a local restaurant owned by the famed third baseman of the Chicago Cubs. On that particular day, Ron Santo made an appearance to mingle with his patrons. As soon as my mother saw him, she flew out of her chair to greet him. At eighty-two, this was quite a feat. When Ron Santo graciously shook her hand, my mom did not let go. She pulled the poor man to our table. “You have to meet my five daughters,” she told him.

Ron Santo never stopped smiling as my mother dragged him across the restaurant. When he arrived at our table, we tried to apologize for our mom’s enthusiasm, but he would have none of it. Ron Santo looked around at each of us and said, “Well, you sure have beautiful daughters, just like their mother!” After chatting with us for several minutes, he gave our mom a warm hug and then went on his way. When we left the restaurant after dinner, that lovable Cub made a point of saying good-bye to my mom.

Though he is remembered for so much more, I am quite certain my mom reminded Ron Santo of his kindness when she met him at heaven’s door.

Loving God, thank you for creating us with the capacity to embrace one another with such humility and love.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Dear, Dear Cubby

…the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
From Luke 18:14

At this writing, the Chicago Cubs are doing well. I point this out because one never knows what will develop as the season progresses in Wrigley Field. When the team celebrated the official re-opening of the new bleacher section, nostalgia filled the air. Even the beloved Harry Carey was brought back via video to lead the crowd in singing Take Me Out To the Ballgame. As I watched the game, I wondered if other beloved Cubs will make such appearances in subsequent games. As I pondered the list of players I’d love to see again, my thoughts turned to the one player whom I met up close and personal…

My sisters and I had taken our mom to Santo’s, a restaurant owned by the Cubs’ famed third baseman. While we dined, Ron Santo made one of his frequent appearances to mingle with his patrons. When Mom saw him, she flew out of her chair to greet him. Ron Santo graciously shook her hand. Unfortunately for him, Mom did not let go. She pulled the poor man to our table. “You have to meet my five daughters,” she insisted.

Mr. Santo never stopped smiling as my mother dragged him along. When they arrived at our table, we apologized for our mom’s enthusiasm, but he would have none of it. Ron Santo looked at us and said, “Well, you sure have beautiful daughters, just like their mother!” He chatted with us for several minutes, gave our mom a hug and then went on his way. When we left the restaurant, Mr. Santo made a point of saying good-bye to Mom. Though this beloved Cubby is remembered for so much more, I will never forget his kindness.

Loving God, help me always to appreciate the good people who grace my life.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved