By Marianna Boyce
As days get shorter and nights get longer, you can rest assured the leaves will soon begin their amazing transformation. Of course, they eventually fall to the ground and leave the trees bare waiting for another spring. Until then, we will soon be making our favorite chili recipes to share with friends and family.
Whether you are a Carolina or Clemson fan, you are enjoying this time of year. Although I love the Gamecocks, my favorite team is the rose between those two thorns. I’m a Furman Paladin through and through.
My husband, also an avid Gamecock fan, purchases Furman tickets and a parking pass for me every year. He attends all the games he can, but working swing shifts, he cannot always go. My sister Cindy is always “on call” to use that extra ticket.
We started attending in 2006 when our son chose Furman University as his first (and only) choice after graduating high school. His band director attended there and Cody wanted to follow in his footsteps. We tried getting him to apply to other schools, but he (and God) knew Furman was “the one.” It was indeed the perfect fit for him.
Being a music education major, he was in their marching band. I miss seeing him on the field, but I love when he’s able to come to a game with me when he’s not working. (He’s not only a middle school teacher, he’s also a percussion instructor at his high school alma mater.) Currently, many of his Saturday’s are spent at marching band competitions in our local community. If you ever have an opportunity to support one in your area, you would certainly not be disappointed!
Our youngest granddaughter Avery also enjoys the day trip to Greenville, SC. We love the personal touch of a smaller university. When she’s there, she absolutely owns the place!
Last year at one of the games, after she had two snow cones, she asked for a third. I said, “Well sweetie, that may not be a great idea.” She shrugged her shoulders and replied in her confident, perky voice, “It’s okay GiGi. It’s only ice.” The “snow cone man” adamantly agreed!
We laughed and thought, with that kind of logic, why not! It was an early game anyway. She had time to play on the hill with other kids before we left. That “ice” sure did give her a boost of energy!
If you’re a grandparent, you understand right? It is difficult saying no to her, although sometimes I do. Okay hardly ever, but she never asks for much. She really just wants our time. How much money and effort does that take?
The autumn equinox is upon us. If autumn and football are not your “cup of tea”, hang in there. With time, there’s always change. Whether it’s the astronomical seasons, or the seasons of life, try to enjoy them all. If not? My daddy would say, “What we don’t enjoy, we endure.” I enjoy each season for different reasons. What’s your favorite? Happy fall y’all!