The snow fell as we made our way to the Carrier Dome. The air was crisp, and we hiked the hills with gusto with crowds of young, old, and in between, all dressed in orange.
The entry was simple. Ticket ringer, security scan, and searching for a seat. Higher, higher, and higher in the dome. The seats were on the VERY TOP. It made my 10 year old a little dizzy, but we savored the moment. Just the three of us cheering, shouting, and savoring. Soon, the rest of the family showed up. The air in the dome electrified as students shouted during the basketball game. Balloons flying, whistles blowing and fun cheering, “Let’s Go Orange!” The Orange stayed ahead the whole game. They pulled out a win, and the fans stormed the court. Next stop, the Mighty Oaks basketball game just down the street.
In the small school gym, we saw a great game between the ESF Mighty Oaks and the Vaughn college team. The Mighty Oaks maintained a two to ten point lead the whole game…except the last 2 minutes. Vaughn caught up, scored to get ahead, and forced ESF to foul at the end. Final score: Vaughn 79, ESF 69. Another loss. However, next week our struggling student gets reinstated to the team. According to him, if he had played… they would have won. When he makes changes to his work and finishes a great essay, then he’s back on the court. When his professor changes his grade, then he’ll be able to play again. He’s learning his lessons and how to work hard. He has great expectations.
We visited our college student today and saw him in his element. He’s on the basketball team, he’s got a girlfriend, and he’s a “big” man on campus. Our adopted son is growing up. He’s seen the hard work needed to do well in classes, and the consequences of losing focus (probation with the basketball team), but he’s got great expectations. There’s much more to come from this young star…