Thursday, August 18, 2011
Growing up too fast
I heard something Monday morning while the family was getting ready for work and school that I never thought I would hear.
“Your girdle is on the dryer,” Pam shouted to our son Andy. “It’s washed and ready.”
They were talking about a football girdle, of course.
He has not played football since the peewee years. I never expected him to participate in that sport again.
But then a couple of months ago, he decided to give it a try – specifically kicking.
I was not necessarily in favor, but he’s a senior; it’s his choice.
So this football season takes on a bit of extra meaning for members of the Burleson household and adds some nervousness, too – at least for his mother.
And if you don’t see me roaming the sidelines much at schools countywide this season, you will know why.
I got a taste of high school football this past weekend – attending jamboree games for Marshall Academy, Byhalia and Potts Camp.
And the weather worked out perfectly – with the only hot game being the Cardinals’ contest versus Houlka Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
It was a special day for the Cardinals and their fans – getting to participate in the Ole Miss jamboree. That will be an experience those young men will remember the rest of their lives.
The start of this school year seems more difficult to me personally.
Emma is returning to Southern Miss this week for her junior year of college. She’s talking a lot about grad school and careers and such. It’s hard to believe.
Thank goodness, we enjoyed some good time together Sunday visiting relatives in Alabama.
Andy had his senior portraits made last Friday. And I saw a picture of him and other members of the Class of 2012 on Facebook.
I will admit – I stared at the photo for probably five minutes in disbelief.
I saw the same group of guys who I coached in peewee basketball eight years ago. And I wondered – where have those eight years gone?
Two weeks ago Pam and Andy even delivered his first college application.
And then there’s the little one.
Erin is a fourth grader. It’s a big move for her because she’s going from just one teacher throughout the school day to changing classes and having three teachers.
She asked her mom for a variety of shoes so she wouldn’t be wearing the same ones every day with her school uniform.
Sunday night, before the first full day of school, Pam was helping paint her fingernails and toe nails.
Daddy’s baby is growing up, way too quickly.
And if that’s not enough, her father will be turning 50 next week – more on that later.
• Changing gears, I want to thank the Holly Springs Utility Department for working diligently on Monday afternoon of last week to get our electricity restored at the office.
A brief but scary thunderstorm, with a strong wind, hit about 1:30 p.m. and knocked out power for more than two hours.
We were frustrated, since it came on a production day, but we saw firsthand the good and dangerous work performed by HSUD personnel.
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