Friday, May 06, 2005
Did this story make it out of Chicagoland and out across the country?
Sometime during the last few days of Pope John Paul II's life and the Papal events that followed, a stain appeared on a Chicago underpass. From the photos that i've seen, i think it's off the Kennedy Expressway at Fullerton Avenue, a route i know well as i used to drive it often from Indiana to attend classes at DePaul University.
Someone decided that the stain looked like the Virgin Mary and as word got out people started flocking to the site. People came in droves to take pictures, light candles, pray, leave notes, etc. There were so many poeple that eventually Chicago's Finest had to close off the underpass, which i'm sure was a logistical nightmare for traffic since Chicago traffic is horrible anyway. (insert lyrics from James Taylor's song - "Damn That Traffic Jam" here) IDOT said the stain was simply created from winter salt and slush runoff from the Kennedy Expressway above, clearly this is true.
I thought it was completely insane that all of these people were coming to pray and take pictures of this stain, but then again, if that's their thing...more power to 'em.
Today, some Yahoo decided to deface the "Mary", and he defaced the stain with a phrase that in my opinion would look better scrawled across the White House, but i digress. "Big Lies", the man wrote in black shoe polish and in one gesture took away a figment of hope for so many.
I don't get it. I didn't get the whole thing from the beginning. It was just too strange to me. However, i'm not about to go out and deface something just because i don't believe in it. I just wonder...doesn't this man have anything better to do?? Sir, get a hobby!!!
ABC7Chicago.com: Man charged in Virgin Mary defacing