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August 23, 2011 / dcwisdom

Birthdays and Football

This is our season for birthdays.  In five weeks’ time, our immediate family celebrates five birthdays.  August is a busy month, heavy on the pocketbook, and just plain Texas HOT!  This month marks the end of summer fun, back-to-school, and anticipation of another season of A&M Aggies and Dallas Cowboy football.

My dad was a football coach while I grew up.  He, himself, was an All-American in college and played for the Army.  Back in those days, he told us, when school started after Labor Day, the teams only practiced a few days before the first game.  They didn’t have the summer strengthening/endurance programs; the boys “trained” in the summer by hauling hay, feeding and milking cows, slopping the pigs, and walking to school.

I attended football games since I was probably four years old, maybe younger.  I remember my grandfather taking me to a Paris Junior College football game.   The only thing I remember about that game was a comment made by a man sitting near us.  He exclaimed, “What a kick!”  I stood up on the bleacher and yelled, “What a kick!” which elicited plenty of laughter from the surrounding fans.

When I was maybe six or seven, my mom let me walk to the football field for a home game, about two blocks, where Dad coached high school players.  I have no recollection of that night, where I sat or stood or anything, except that I remember walking home after the game (about 10 p.m.) by myself.  Apparently, the night had turned very cold, and Mom gathered me in a thick quilt to warm my little skinny body.  You know how little kids are:  they don’t know if it’s cold or hot; temperature just doesn’t register in their little brains.

When I was a freshman in high school, a boy asked me to the Yellow Jacket homecoming game.  He bought me a corsage with long blue and gold ribbons and then stood me up after the game.  Again, I walked home alone with a pretty corsage pinned to my band uniform.

When I was a junior, my then boyfriend played quarterback of our Wolves’ team.  We played a rival team that absolutely skunked us – 76 to 0.  At game’s end, I walked onto the field, like all the girlfriends did, to escort my guy out of the stadium, and he turned away and walked out by himself.  I think he was humiliated.  So, you guessed it, I walked home alone.

When Rick and I lived in College Station, within several hundred yards of Kyle Field, home of the Texas A&M Aggies, we attended all the Aggie home games.  At one particular game, the weather was moist and drizzly.  Not having a raincoat, I found a dry cleaners plastic sack with a large pink rose printed on it and wore it over my clothes.  That night I walked home with my man who wore a paper Piggly Wiggly sack on his head.  Or maybe that Piggly Wiggly sack was on my head…Mother is the necessity of invention…  I can’t remember who won the game, but I sure had a good time, and I didn’t walk home alone.

Well, just to let you know…  I whooped ole Kid #3 Jeremiah in our college class.  Taking the class with him was a blast!  Especially since I came out on the top side of 100% (101.54) and he only had 98%.  Poor guy!  It’s tough being the low scorer!  Humiliating to let your mama beat ya!

I’ll check back in with you later.  I have two classes on my semester’s agenda (advanced writing and leadership).  Classes start next Monday.  Should be fun.

Peace and love.





  1. tanna / Aug 24 2011 7:40 AM

    Happy Birthdays to ALL!! And, YOU GO GIRL! Great job on your class. I’m sure you will ace the others, too! Friday night football… Texas… go together like cake and ice cream! blessings ~ Tanna

  2. Tara / Aug 23 2011 9:39 PM

    Girl….August is our crazy month over here too! We have a ton of family birthdays this month. With school starting back and all these birthdays my pocketbook is hollering HELP! I am ready for this heat to let up too. Between the electric bill and August birthdays I’m going to have to Moonlight somewhere. he he….
    Glad Mary liked that cute lil outfit you picked up for her in Longview. Hope she had a good birthday!
    Keli liked all her stuff she got that day too. She is still job hunting, so say a prayer.

  3. dayphoto / Aug 23 2011 3:23 PM

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  4. Vickie / Aug 23 2011 12:58 PM

    I forgot to ask – did Mary like her birthday gift you got at Dressin’ Gaudy?

  5. Vickie / Aug 23 2011 12:56 PM

    Well, Happy Birthday to Mary, and everybody else that aged a year!
    Aw, hate it that you had to go home alone sometimes! But you got to go home with the BEST there at Aggieland! Whoop! I sometimes wonder if ya’ll and us lived there at the same time…

    I’m having such trouble commenting on your blog. Do the “comments” shut down after so many days? I’ve come back several times to try to comment again and it won’t let me – the “leave a reply” box is not there! Grrrrr.

    Glad you whooped up on yo boy at school. He probably doesn’t think it’s too funny!

    You tried your pickles yet?

  6. Deborah Pucci / Aug 23 2011 11:01 AM

    Hope you have a great time at school this year. I enjoyed reading about your adventures and football. I have never been a fan but my family surely is. Sounds like you have been eating a lot of cake!

    You asked me where I would want to live. I actually haven’t traveled enough places to really know for sure. There are places in the US I would like to live. I loved Paris but I also enjoyed London and that fact that they speak English would make me want to spend more time there.

  7. Layne Perkins / Aug 23 2011 9:15 AM

    Enjoyed your nostalgia! My Daddy’s kidneys are at 16% function. I’m feeling nostalgic myself. Hope your semester goes great!

  8. debsladybugtexas / Aug 23 2011 6:46 AM

    I always love your posts….way to go on showing that youngin’ Mommas still on top…

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