Thursday, April 11, 2013
Weekend road trip
We traveled south again this past weekend and were blessed with beautiful weather.
I only packed shorts, with plans to go to the Southern Miss versus Tulane baseball game Saturday afternoon in Hattiesburg in 80-degree weather with sunshine.
The purpose of the trip was not for the baseball game.
Wife Pam had the date marked on her calendar for some time. Our daughter Emma is a senior at USM, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. The sorority was hosting a mother/daughter tea.
Emma was also recently asked to be the maid of honor in best friend Kristin Walker’s wedding. So, as it worked out, this was the Saturday set aside to pick out a wedding dress for the bride and also shop for dresses for the bridesmaids. Pam looked forward to participating in that, too, with Kristin’s mom and the young ladies.
Our weekend trip started in the Jackson area, where we met good friends John and J.J. Carney (of Monticello) Saturday morning for an early lunch before driving on to Hattiesburg.
We got to Hattiesburg about 2 p.m. Emma picked up her mom for the shopping. Erin and I headed to Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field for some afternoon baseball.
Can’t speak for the wedding party, but the ball game party had a great time.
We got to the park a bit late. A kind gentleman offered us one free ticket. It was three rows from the field, by the Tulane dugout. Erin was able to sit beside me there, too.
USM was up 1-0 in the bottom of the third – when we reached our seats.
We brought the Golden Eagles more good luck. They went on to win 6-2 over the Green Wave in a key Conference USA series.
The highlight was Bradley Roney’s first home run of the season over the left field wall.
Erin also caught a T-shirt, something she has a knack for doing at about every ball game we attended.
That night our son Andy, also a USM student, joined us for a family dinner at Edo Sushi, on the Oak Grove side of Hattiesburg. It was a wonderful meal – some of the best sushi we’ve ever put into our mouths.
But even more so, it was great having the entire family together for a meal. That doesn’t happen very often these days. It was a special dinner, to say the least.
Erin then spent the night with her big sister – likely her favorite part of the trip.
Sunday was the mother/daughter tea, which proved to be an enjoyable event for Pam and Emma.
The weather was again finally spring-like, so Erin and I decided to just spend some time on the beautiful Southern Miss campus, enjoying the outdoors.
I pointed to the dorm where Emma stayed as a freshman and told Erin, “Who knows? You might be living there some day, too.”
College is still more than seven years away for her, but I know, it will be here way too soon.
To prove my point, it seems like yesterday that I was going with Emma to Hattiesburg for her freshman orientation session and then a short time later moving her into a dorm room for the first time. Instead, that’s been almost four years ago.
Our next trip to Hattiesburg may very well be May 10 – for graduation.
Time indeed flies.
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