Remember that old Cocoa-Cola commercial where young people of all nationalities sang, “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony?”
Well, something took place in Washington, D.C. lately that brought this song to mind.
I was telling Pastor Bill that I had come across videos of a snowball fight that took place on a street corner in Washington, D.C. Upon the light turning red, large groups on either side of the street would begin throwing snowballs at each other. By the various videos posted you can see how much fun they were having – all different kinds of people – having a spontaenous few minutes of shared fun. (Until a policeman came by waving a gun, trying to disperse the crowd. I believe that policeman is now in trouble himself. You can search youtube.com for the “snowball fight in Washington, D.C., 2009 and read all about it.)
Comments posted on various blogs went from “let the people have their fun” to “this sort of thing may have been ok in “olden days,” but not in today’s world.” I can see where the people who had actually braved driving the streets and came upon this scene might have initially been cautious. But I also imagined this scene taking place on the street corner right by our church in downtown Plainfield. The whole story reminded Pastor Bill of the old Cocoa-Cola song.
It may have been the wrong place to have a snowball fight, but I think those involved will long remember the fun they had connecting with strangers in just a few moments of enjoying life.