Wait a minute… What have I been thinking? Or, NOT thinking. Everyone and their brother is talking about the NATO Summit here in Chicago this weekend. Yes the professional protestors (I shall save all of our time and make no further comments about them/that scene), the roads blocked, the dignitaries that will be here and everything in-between. There will be MUCH put on the table to discuss, to debate, to fight over…with the hope of what? At this point I’m so confused I’m not even sure what I should be hoping/praying will come out of this history making (expensive) “event”.
Here is something that I DO know will be on the table for the NATO attendees: Malnati’s Chicago Pizza. Yeah. Cool. No really. Marc (my husband) and his partner Jim De’Angelo will be serving pizza for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. How neat is that? It’s neat.
But there’s something that is 100x, no 1000x neater and cooler…and I just put the pieces of the puzzle together: this is my V-8 (not G-8) moment. And I had to tell all of you – and ask you to pass this on to everyone you know and ask them to – yes – PRAY. Whether you pray or not, would you at least pray this one time, for me? Thanks.
LONG story short – and I don’t have time because I must get this blog post to my computer guru – Josh Eaton (who is traveling around the world with his adorable wife Caroline,
with backpacks only, which include 200 small pewter hearts that they are spreading!! Josh and Caroline just arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam! Read their blog- an incredible story unfolding! See: www.traveling9to5.com) and I must get this post to him, thus no time for elaborate stories and details.
Here it is:
When spreading hearts was born/began in South Africa in the summer of 2009, where I was with my two daughters, Kelsey Malnati Howell and Melissa Malnati, there was ONE vision that was on my heart from the very get-go: (It’s in one of my first spreading hearts blog posts) That President Obama would receive one of our small pewter hearts. And that he would be carrying the heart in his pocket and at a meeting with a Prime Minister he would be jingling his hand, out of nervousness, in his pocket, with his change. He would feel the small pewter heart, he would feel a gentle nudge/hear a still small voice, and pull his small pewter heart out and hand it to the Prime Minister, who in turn would put the heart in his pocket, and…the story goes on- with the ending being: World Peace.
YES… And just this morning….why I have not thought about it until now….well, it doesn’t matter…. I wasn’t “supposed” to until this moment…..
The equation, through pictures, at the top of this post:
The NATO Summit + Malnati’s Pizza + Spreading Hearts =’s:
Marc Malnati + a small pewter heart in his pocket
+ meeting President Obama
(as was told he’d be given the opportunity to) =’s:
Marc gives a heart to President Obama. Marc shares our vision of spreading hearts and world peace (or not – just give him the heart!) . Hearts are the universal language of love and peace and goodwill. THAT’s what we need. WORLD PEACE. It’s a start. It’s a middle. It’s an end. (and yes, a whole LOT of other in-between!)
So here’s my “ask” for all of you…. Would you please pray first that yes, Marc is allowed to even bring pewter hearts (even one) into McCormick Place (security is going to be unbelievable). And secondly, that Marc does get to meet the President. And, most important, that Marc will have the guts to give him the heart, and to explain the symbolism of it, the HOPE, and the love and goodwill that comes from a single pewter heart being spread…and then passed on and on and on… Thousands of small pewter hearts being spread and then passed on and on and on….
Who knows what could happen? Who knows what will happen….?
What I do know is that my heart is beating so quickly in this moment, and tears are being held back (no time to cry – just gotta write) at the prospect of….
A small pewter heart….being spread….to someone, a human someone, who IS in a position of power and influence….and IS with many others who do as well…… to help change the world- ONE HEART AT A TIME. I truly believe it can happen – the world can change. Hearts can be touched, and moved and changed this weekend. NATO Summit. Chicago. May 19-20, 2012. Malnati’s pizza. A small pewter heart.
Will be done.