“Is This Heaven…No, it’s Iowa.”

One of the most famous lines ever in a movie brings a smile to one’s face. Of course the movie was Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams.  Now this movie was fiction and I am sure that there would be a discussion on what state could be equated with heaven, but for a little boy named Wyatt (and so many other), Iowa is a place of peace and of hope.

The University  of Iowa has started a new tradition with a simple wave to children like Wyatt. Between the 1st and 2nd quarter of Hawkeye Home football games, the entire stadium which is filled with thousands and thousands of people (see below)  turn and wave to the Iowa University Children’s Hospital which overlooks the stadium. Smiles and tears come as these children and their parents feel peace and see hope even if for a few minutes.

So, maybe…just maybe, the line should be: “Is this Iowa?…No, it’s heaven.” I am sure Wyatt would agree.