Thursday, March 15, 2012
No big break plans
My family usually takes a break during Spring Break.
But it probably won’t happen this year – at least for all of us.
Erin left Sunday after church to spend a few days camping with friends.
Pam, Andy and I went to Tupelo to spend some time with good friends. En route home that night, it started raining heavily and Erin started texting her mom, wanting to know more about the weather.
Pam is very weather conscious. I guess our 10-year-old is following in her footsteps.
And I’ve become a bit more wary, too, after visiting Hackleburg, Ala., following last April’s devastating tornado.
The camping crew stuck it out during some heavy rain Sunday night. Hopefully, they will experience better weather the remainder of the week.
I sent a text to Erin Monday morning and asked if she was having a good time.
“Yes, it’s so fun,” she replied.
Andy is playing baseball this week – with games originally slated through Wednesday – but after the Sunday rainfall and games cancelled Monday, the Oxford Tournament could stretch through Thursday.
We were talking about Spring Break baseball over the weekend, and it brought back memories of a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that I took with other members of my high school baseball team in the late ’70s.
We attended a camp, where we received individual instruction, and also played games against other schools.
It was the farthest I’d ever ventured away from home.
We had a blast – except for getting badly sunburned on the first day.
Emma is on her way home from Southern Miss as I write this week’s column. She started her spring break in fine fashion – traveling with Southern Style 2012 to North Carolina.
Southern Style is a diverse group of student leaders at USM, selected to serve as orientation leaders. They also serve as the host group for university events, including commencement, Awards Day and Legislative Weekend. This year’s Southern Style includes 24 members.
They competed over the weekend against orientation groups from other universities. They did well and had lots of fun. We’ve watched the YouTube video of Southern Style’s performance many times. If you’re a friend of Pam’s on Facebook, check it out. We’re very proud of Emma and the entire group.
Unfortunately the rest of her week won’t be so fun. Tuesday she was scheduled to have her wisdom teeth removed – a memorable Spring Break for her, no doubt. I’m sure she will enjoy getting her mom’s tender loving care for the week.
As for myself, I did get to enjoy a basketball road trip with friends to Memphis, Tenn., last Friday to start Spring Break. The Tigers clobbered Central Florida 83-52 in the semi-finals. Then they demolished Marshall by almost the same score, 83-57, in the championship game Saturday morning.
Our family’s Spring Break always starts with filling out our brackets on Selection Sunday. This year was no different. The biggest surprise for me was Memphis being an eighth seed. I thought they deserved better.
Maybe I can take a break this week and watch some March Madness.
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