Friendly Rivalry

Friendly Rivalry

Here in my hometown of Cincinnati, we have a street that runs through the city that divides the East and the West sides of town. This division causes a friendly rivalry between its residents who proudly believe their side is the better place to live.

I have lived on the Westside all my life. I will say that the most negative aspect of living there is the sun shining directly into my eyes, blinding me during my morning and late afternoon commutes to work. 

My usual route to work downtown is River Road which runs parallel to the Ohio River. This scenic route is one of my favorite parts about living on the Westside. 

During my 20-minute morning commute, I turn off the radio to spend that time alone with God in prayer. In those quiet moments, I am reminded of the wonders of His creation when I’m fortunate enough to witness the rising sun and its rays glistening on the ripples of the river. Or when I can see the mystifying steam rising from the warm water on cool days as the skyline of the Queen City stands in the background, stoically ascending with each passing mile.

I never want to take for granted the gifts God gives us every day. Look around. Notice the wonder of God’s creation everywhere: in nature, in the eyes of each person you look into, and even in those eyes you see in the mirror!

Yes, my commutes to work give me an appreciation for all of God’s wonders. And they also reinforce the “fact” that, indeed, “the west side is the BEST side!”


Feature photo by: Chuck Felix

Inset photo by: Sujin Jetkasettakorn


About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
  • Tim L – WestSide

    What a wonderful reminder to recognize God’s work, even when blinded by the worries of the day. Thanks Sharon!

  • Patty Wolber

    Very nice blog Sharon.  I too have traveled that road in the mornings, its very close to my house so I travel it often.  I love the view of the Ohio River, alot of people around here take it for granted.  Your blog reminds us that we should all slow down and enjoy the beauty around us.

    Patty Wolber

  • Monnaleeyounger

    Another great blog from my precious daughter! Mamma still lives on the Westside also. 

  • Leah

    Thanks, Sharon, for your thought-provoking blog.  I like how the West Side’s lifestyle is punctuated by events involving beer which is, in my opinion, another thing to be thankful for as well as the West Siders themselves.

  • BOB

    Traveled that way for year’s, Never look at it that way.  GOOD COMMENT.

  • Esther Davis

    Ditto to your description of living on the West  side of town.   I’ll stay here and lovin’ it till the day I die.  As God is my creator, I am His lover of all His creations.
    God bless you, Sharon.
    Esther, Monna’s Carmelite friend.