Saturday, October 16, 2004

More on Anne's birthday weekend.

Saturday morning we went to see the kids play soccer. This is a league for first and second graders.

Adam loves to play. He pays attention, listens to what the coach says, and tries very hard.

George simply does not care. Anything can distract him. On this day he wondered how it would look for grass to float to the ground so he spent his time on the field picking grass and dropping it while the game went on around him.

Emma can be good or bad, depending on her mood. Unfortunately this was a day she did not want to play.

Ken was coaching that day. Unfortunately the coach of the team has not made the team any kind of priority. He missed the first game of the season. Ken coached then, too, and got verbally abused by a parent for not having the children prepared to play. (He has coached before but this year he is just a parent like the rest.) The week after the birthday weekend I was up there for their game and was surprised to see Ken again coaching. Seems the coach had a game to go to.

Ken made George and Emma run laps after the game because he thought they let down their team.

After lunch we prepared to go to Vanderbilt for the tailgating and game. It took two cars since there were nine of us. We were also joined by Ken's friend, James Clark, who drove his own vehicle. I have a hard time calling him James because he is the family dentist and the kids always call him Dr. Clark. Later at Vanderbilt we were joined by my grandniece, Jay's niece, Adrienne Manuel who is a sophomore at Vandy.

Adrienne's parents and little sister live in California.

At Vandy we drove around and had a hard time finding a suitable place to park since we wanted to tailgate. We finally found the perfect place in a parking garage. We were on the third floor and our cars faced the stadium and the baseball field. We set up our table in a vacant place between the cars and hung the MSU flag over the railing. It was a great balcony tailgating place. We waved and yelled to MSU fans passing on the street below.

We went over to the stadium club to an MSU pep rally. They had cake for some reason: it was good. The children had their picture made with Bully, the bulldog mascot. Anne said that would be their Christmas card, but George screwed up his face (deliberately) so I don't know.

As we were leaving the MSU team was walking to the stadium, so we cheered them on.

Back at the garage, the food was great. Ken says tailgating is the best part of football. He went to David Lipscomb University, which has no football team so sometimes he just doesn't get it.

Now a word on fashion. For Adrienne's sake, Jay wore all black. We had gone to Wal-Mart that morning to buy him a Vandy t-shirt but they didn't have any. I told him Vandy people did not shop at Wal-Mart. Adrienne showed up wearing a maroon sweater. I am sure this was by accident. I doubt she knew our colors.

George and Adam wore State t-shirts and refused to wear their MSU caps. Emma wore a white top,maroon skirt, and an MSU bow in her hair. Anne wore a maroon dress. Ken wore a green shirt and khaki shorts. Dr. Clark was similarly dressed. Beth wore an MSU shirt but would not wear an MSU bow like Emma's in her hair. Steve wore a new Bulldog t-shirt that I had given him and George Rodney's cap which was loaned to him.

Unfortunately the outing was spoiled by the game which we lost 31-13. I took it hard and will right more about this later.

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