Rock the March to launch October 22 Marriage Equality rally in Springfield, Illinois

Illinois-based headliners perform one hour concert to launch March on Springfield 

From Chicago Pride.Com

 

Chicago, IL — Nationally prominent performers with Illinois roots will kick off the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a free one-hour concert live near the steps of the Illinois State Capitol. The diverse entertainment bill includes reality TV stars from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “America’s Got Talent;” a national poetry slam winner; a world champion & MVP quarterback who is also a pre-Grammy nominee; and a 2013 Trans 100 honoree fighting violence against transgender people.

Family Night

We’ll be leaving soon to go to the local fireworks display. It’s a few hours away but if you go too late, you’ll never find a parking place. Growing up, this was one of my favorite things and I still enjoy them today.

I think though, the really fun part is watching the boys. For them there is still the magic and wonder. These will be the things they will remember about their own childhood 4th just as I do. This is one of the things which I dislike about growing up… the loss of the magic and wonder which could be found in the small things and the big. In the memories of special days and events which somehow become tarnished… everyday and normal as I have gotten older.

If you listen to the experts, this is called gaining maturity, being realistic, becoming an adult and are lauded as a good thing. I disagree… I think we need those doses of fairy dust, the occasional wisp of magic no matter how old we become. In loosing these, it seems we loose a part of ourselves along the way. We become caught up in the day to day struggles, the stress and worry, the ever growing fog of despair and desperation in which we so often loose our way.

That is what is special about days like this. To be a child again, even for a little while. To be lost in the moment, filled with wonder… To watch as magic unfolds before your eyes.