September 17, 2009

Football Season Really is Here Again

Tonight I got to go watch my oldest nephew play in a football game here in town tonight. I think this is only the 2nd game I've been to since graduating high school. It seems so weird! As I was sitting there watching the game, I couldn't help but remember what an important thing games were every Friday night from the time I was in middle school until I graduated high school. I come from a small IL town where there was just nothing that compared to football, whether the team was actually good or not!

There was nothing like the excitement during school on Fridays! All week long, you were just wondering whose football jersey you were going to wear that week (unless you were dating someone, then you already knew, which I wasn't, so it was always something to look forward to and dread at the same time!) I was in student council all through high school, and it just so happened that SC ran the concession stand each week. But, I was also on the drill team, which got me out of having to work in the concession stand (thank goodness...I still can't make change to save my life)...but that meant that we had to help set up and clean up instead. Oh, the hours my cousin (that's right, the town is small enough that I went to school with relatives that weren't my sisters! I even had several of the same teachers my parents and aunts and unlces had!) Amanda and I spent trying to clean the nacho cheese out of the crock pot. If only they'd had crock pot liners in those days! I loved the nights when it was just cool enough for long sleeves, but not cold enough to freeze. There was nothing better than a handmade lemon shake-up, Frito pie, a cup of hot chocolate, and a Big Red football game on a Friday night. Sitting there at the game tonight even made me miss it a bit...which I thought would never happen! Aww the memories!

September 04, 2009

The End of an Era

So, though I didn't know it until late in the day, today was the last football game between my high school alma mater and their rival for over 50 years. Next school year, the two schools, Girard and Virden, will be one school. That is so weird to think of at the moment. I mean, you could have friends from Virden and even date people from Virden, but there was one week each school year where there was no one worse than someone living in Virden. Strangely, though, I don't feel the sentimental attachment to it that I thought I would. I was on the drill team, volleyball team, in the choir, and even was a cheerleader in 8th grade, but there isn't really the feeling of loss or sadness I thought I would have. Not really sure what that means. I thought I had school pride when I was there, but not so much feeling it now...though, I am sure that if I had been at mom's this weekend, there's no way I would have missed that game. If it wasn't for Face Book, I probably wouldn't even know much of what is going on in the lives of those I went to school with, back in the day. I don't even know where I am going with this post, just the random thoughts in my head right now. I still can't believe there won't be a GHS next year. Though I wasn't extremely outgoing or had a lot of really close friends in high school, I did enjoy it and had a good time. It is sad that others will not get to have that experience at HLG, but hopefully the students will be able to get a better education and be more prepared for college. Girard didn't win the game tonight...but there should be a few more chances with a few other sports in this final season for the Girard Big Red!