Thursday, March 22, 2007
It’s always nice to take a break.
This year my “spring break” was shorter than normal. In years past the family has taken several days and gone to places like the beach or Disney World.
But things change when one of your children gets a driver’s license and a job and another is almost a teenager. So this year Pam and I left the children other places and packed for a brief, two-night stay in Birmingham, Ala.
We had hoped to take a short trip somewhere for sometime but the plans were actually last minute.
The first part of our plan was attending a comedy club show Friday night at the Stardome in Hoover. The star of the night was Craig Ferguson of CBS television’s Late, Late Show.
A couple of weekends a month Ferguson ventures out of his studio in Los Angeles to do stand-up comedy. I think it’s the first time I’d ever been to such a show. It was lots of fun with, of course, lots of laughs.
Actually, I thought the comedian performing as the warm-up act to Ferguson was as good, if not better.
The only bad part of the show was an obnoxious lady who just happened to be seated directly in front of us. But early on, she was asked to leave, which made our evening much more enjoyable.
The next part of our plan was a short drive over to Tuscaloosa on Saturday afternoon for the Alabama versus Tennessee baseball game.
We were worried about the weather – cooler and windy.
But actually at game-time, 4 p.m., it was a beautiful day.
We walked toward the booth to buy our tickets when a nice older gentleman walked up and asked us if we had tickets.
He offered a couple in the chair-back section for $5 ($2.50 each).
He assured us the seats were excellent and he was right – near home plate on the first base side.
He ended up sitting near us, and we carried on several conversations with him throughout the game.
By the midway point, we did reach for the sweatshirts and the blanket, but as our new friend said, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the Friday night game.
Alabama beat Tennessee 9-1 Saturday. The Tide pitcher, Bernard Robert, threw a four-hitter. The Tide had 12 hits, including two home runs.
Sunday morning, we got up early and headed to my hometown, Hamilton, Ala., so we could make it in time for church. My cousin and a longtime minister, Ted Burleson, returned to his hometown about 10 months ago to serve as preacher for the Hamilton Church of Christ. Pam and I had not seen Ted and his wife Karen in probably 10 or more years when he was in Columbia, Tenn.
Ted is actually four years older than I but we grew up doing lots of things together – from tent camping to football games in the yard. He was always like the big brother I didn’t have.
It was great seeing him again, hearing him preach and visiting with lots of good friends at the Hamilton church.
In his sermon Ted talked about when he was in the seventh grade and was “sweet on a girl” and gave her a ring. He didn’t reveal the name of the girl, because “I’m in my hometown and lots of you would probably recognize her.”
I guess that’s one of the problems with going home again.
Then it was a drive to my mother’s house to have lunch with the family and pick up 5-year-old Erin, who had spent several days with my mother and my sisters.
I found out Erin had successfully walked two miles Friday morning with my sister Gayla and her husband Roger.
I started thinking about how I’d feel if I walked two miles. I don’t think I’ll know anytime soon. I probably could not walk two miles.
And, of course, Erin was spoiled a bit more with several new “surprises,” as she calls them.
We got home Sunday afternoon, and it’s always good to be home in Holly Springs, whether from a long trip or a short one, and back in the “routine.”
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