All week we debated about giving up a Saturday to be at home to play catch up. It’s funny just how much we cherish our weekend time and I often wonder what we did with all our time before we had five other people we were responsible for. We made a last minute decision to say NO to projects, homework and catch up around here and instead to pile into the car and head to our old stomping grounds in Ann Arbor. The boys hadn’t been in several years and it was time for Ava and Tadesse to better understand just what a tailgate is. Today’s crowd of maze and blue along with a few wild and crazy corn huskers did not disappoint and while we partied it up on the golf course with bocce ball and sub sandwiches it was great fun to recount a few of the good ole days. Bob attended U of M for undergrad while I was whooping it up in East Lansing but later on down the road we lived for six years in Ann Arbor together both for school and my sales territory. They were good days and looking back they were days when the groundwork was carefully being laid for where we are today as a family of seven.
We had a few boys who joined Bob for the game while the rest of us explored the new highlights and many of the old places we used to frequent. It’s great fun to share those special dives (come on it’s a college down ) with your children and explain how we made ends meet and how I worked hard doing something I never really loved while Dad was back in school. It was a day of teachable moments. Just exactly how do you get into a college and who helps you if you struggle in a class? What is it like to live so close together with so many roommates and how did you pay for college and then figure out what you wanted to do? These were some of the many questions that I answered today. Oh and this one… what is wrong with those people up on the roof of that house? Yes boys that would be too much alcohol consumption on game day. I left it at that.
I’m glad I said yes to giving up a day of working and planning, of keeping up our lives or our house in order , of honing some child’s skill in whatever is needed and so much more. It was time well spent just being together creating new memories and reminiscing about the old.