Fall and football have always provided me with such joy and entertainment. Obviously the colors of fall would entice any painter to paint, but why be drawn to football? I guess the answer is I grew up with it. My parents lived in Ann Arbor, MI while my dad attended the University of Michigan Law school. I spent ages 3-5 romping the campus. I’ve always loved the feeling in “The Big House”, U of M’s beautiful stadium. When the Wolverine band plays “Hail to the Victors” I still light up and cry.
As I consider life transitions, I can’t help but mention how many college teams have been added to my cheering list over the years: Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan, University of Georgia, Universities of Texas – Austin and San Antonio, and of course the great Michigan State Spartans. I followed in my brother’s footsteps to attend MSU in East Lansing. I met my husband and earned a degree at this gorgeous campus.
When I cheer for the various colleges attended by loved ones, I’m also cheering for my family and our shared love of learning. I have “woofed” with my younger brother while watching the GA Bulldogs, toasted wine with my older brother after the Spartans beat Ohio State 28-24 in 1998, taking on their rightful position as season-spoilers. I cried when my babies graduated from UT and UTSA.
Now that my daughter is a professor at the University of Kentucky, guess who has gained my loyalty? One artistic benefit of this is my new love of painting bobcats. Go WILDCATS! Go BIG BLUE! (except when you’re playing the MSU Spartans)
Thanks for listening,
P.S. – Here’s me, my husband (right) and brother celebrating MSU’s 1998 football victory over OSU.