Today was to be the inaugural episode of our off-season GO! column, where we discuss quirky, silly little questions because weekends are baseball-boring and no one really feels like writing “real” stuff. But, after the events of yesterday in Connecticut, today seems all too “real” and not the least bit silly. So, we’ll start that next week.

In the meantime I’d like to us to take a little bit of time out of our busy Saturday to reflect on things we are truly thankful for, but that we might take for granted. Come on, I know you have some. Maybe you’re thankful for your beautiful family, even those who annoy you at times. Maybe you’re thankful for your successful career or the roof over your head or that your dog loves you. Or maybe the thing you’re most thankful for is that pitchers and catchers report in two months and from the looks of the weather they might as well start up today. Whatever your pleasure, think about the things you take for granted, and give those things a little extra love today. And, if you’d like to share your thoughts here with us, please do so.

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Elizabeth Pearson stumbled upon VFTB around 2006, and enjoys encouraging conversation among the wide variety of readers brought together by their love of the Cubs. She’s married, has a Cub-loving pug named Phinneaus, and enjoys biking, hiking, cooking and gardening. She calls Chesterton, Indiana home and hopes to one day retire on Mackinac Island. Connect with Lizzie via email or Instagram.