We are awash in negativity almost constantly. Nasty politics, brutal crime, corruption, celebrity worship and just about everything else under the sun immerses us in it and often leaves us cynical. Then every once in awhile something happens that injects a life-giving dose of goodness into our lives. That happened Friday night at Firemen's Field.
Samantha Alamo, who has Down syndrome, was crowned homecoming queen at the Sebring High School football game. Tears traced down hundreds of cheeks as Samantha lit up after being announced homecoming queen. Such a beautiful moment.
Homecoming king Larry Scott smiled almost as much standing next to Alamo while cameras snapped images of the homecoming royalty. The homecoming court cheered and smiled as Samantha experienced the night of her life before a huge crowd.
The student body voted for Samantha from an impressive court of fine young women. They apparently knew that what they were doing was bigger than just selecting a homecoming queen.
Samantha beamed and surely felt the swell of love from her classmates and everyone at the game Friday night. Such a wonderful moment of humanity was on display.
Her winning homecoming queen didn't decide a political race, or solve a crime or hide any of the ugliness that surrounds us so often, but for part of an evening her selection provided us a few moments of respite, and reminded everyone that there is beauty and kindness. We just don't always see it, or it isn't on display enough.
Congratulations to Samantha and Larry for being selected king and queen Friday night. And congratulations to everyone who made it possible. Your fine act of kindness provided us something we dearly need, and showed us the best of our nature.