I have been advised by many smart and well-intentioned people that I shouldn't get so "emotional" about Miami Hurricanes football, even when the team wins big, and especially when they lose badly. I guess to some people having feelings or emotions is somehow dangerous and expressing them is not wise?
It was suggested that I shouldn't write articles, or post comments or send out tweets when I am joyful, elated, or happy and maybe more importantly, whenever I am disappointed, angry or upset over the results of the sports teams from the university I attended, graduated from (class of 1986) and love dearly. Oops, my bad, that was just me getting all "emotional" again.
So instead of writing an emotional article about Miami's embarrassing 41-3 loss to Notre Dame on national television yesterday, I thought I would write about something that I can safely and seriously get emotional about: orchids.
I love orchids. I grew up on a nursery in Miami with beautiful, exotic plants all around me, many of which were like the incredible orchids seen below.
Thanks to my grandfather, who taught me how to grow orchids, I was able to carry on the tradition of growing these exotic plants.
My grandfather taught me how to grow orchids properly, with love and care and just how really beautiful they can be.
He taught me the importance of the right amount of sunlight, water and fertilzer and nurturing the plants to make them bloom more often and even more spectacularly.
I plan to continue to collect more orchids and carry on the tradition of my grandfather and my family.
I now have over 60 orchids at my house and my patio is covered year-round with beautiful flowers like the ones you see below.
Oh, and by the way, the Hurricanes are still in a great position to win the ACC this year if they can find a way to beat North Carolina next week, FSU the week after that and then Virginia Tech on Thursday, November 1. The best part is that all of these critical conference contests are home games at Sun Life Stadium. Miami then plays ACC foes Virginia and Duke on the road and USF at home to finish off the 2012 season.
So until next Saturday just try to realize that there is life beyond football. Thanks to the many good folks here on the blog and at UM, I realize this now more than ever. My recommendation to all of you is to avoid getting all emotional about the Hurricanes' humbling loss to the Fighting Irish yesterday.
Instead you should get up, go outside and play. Go fishing, play golf, paddle a kayak, ride a bike or maybe just go to the beach and take a dip in the ocean or relax in the bright, warm sunshine.
Or just be like me and grow some beautiful orchids.
You will thank me later.