Drove into the village to the library the other day, & came across a newly painted fire hydrant.
Many of the fire hydrants in the village were getting rather rusted & ugly, so a young man came up with a way to both pretty up the hydrants & raise money for the fire department. For $25, a resident can adopt a fire hydrant and, as long as it’s politically correct, can paint it just about however they want.
(Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes not so good. Anyone can adopt any hydrant, so a person could end up with a hydrant in front of their house that’s not exactly to their liking. But at least it won’t be rusty.)
I could be wrong, but I’m thinking this one was newly painted in honor of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.
The side that faces the street is the little bird Woodstock, sitting on top of Snoopy (ready to fight the Red Baron), from the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. Note the Cubbie Blue.
The side that faces the sidewalk is Charlie Brown, maybe the leader of the only team that’s had more disappointing baseball seasons than the Cubs. He’s smiling. He’s happy. Cubs won.
Note the Cubbie Blue ‘W’. During the World Series, flags were hung all over the village with just a huge blue letter ‘W’. The Cubs won the World Series in 1907 and 1908. Nothing after that until 2016. So it’s only been 108 years in coming. But for now, folks are happy with the Cubs.