On November 2, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series – something that hadn’t been done since 1908 and it was so fun to watch the community of Chicago and fans everywhere celebrate. Even right here in San Elijo, neighbors gathered to memorialize the historic moment.
Kinda Arzon, who grew up in Chicago near Wrigley field, shared how back home when a local team would win a game, everyone would go outside and celebrate. So, when the Cubs finally won that last game, Kinda and her family felt the urge to go outside and celebrate the way they did back home. She logged onto Facebook and told all of the neighborhood fans who were already cheering and celebrating together in their Facebook feed to gather at the fountain in the town square to celebrate in person. Soon, Cubs fans from throughout San Elijo Hills gathered around the fountain, waving the W flag, cheering and celebrating.
“For a moment, it felt like home – like being back in Chicago,” Kinda shared.
A few days later, Cubs fans gathered again at the fountain for a group photo and continued the celebration. Shane’s provided pizza and Albertsons provided a celebratory giant cookie.
“It’s really exciting to see the entire City come together – especially when so many things are so divisive in our country, to be able to come together for something that is so special for the entire City and really for the entire country,” shared Jessica Monahan.
“I was born and raised in Chicago so I lived there my whole life until moving to San Diego four years ago. For me, it’s about generations of family…my grandfather, my great grandfather, my great uncle…who lived in Chicago since the early 1900s. To see this win in my lifetime is amazing,” Anthony Siciliano explained.
It’s amazing how an event like this can bring people together – across the miles and also across generations. Watching the kids play together in the background while these families shared stories and memories about the Cubs and Chicago was a beautiful sight to see. While most of these families hadn’t even met before, new friendships were formed and several families hope to create a Midwest/Chicago group to meet up for sports and other events in the future.
Next time you have the chance to participate in a community event, get out there and do it! You just never know what new tradition will form or what new friendship you will make. There really is magic in your hometown. So make memories for your family by sharing special traditions that can stand the test of time.