Well, the Professor and I fiiiiinally got the opportunity to go to Auburn this weekend to peek in on my bonus son and his tiny little adorable girlfriend. It has been long over-due as he is a Sophomore but because of me and all that I am involved with and the Professor not wanting to go down on game days because its crazy and and and blah blah blah, we have not been able to get there until now and I hate that we couldn’t arrange it sooner as I had a ball.
I moved here when I was 13 years old from Illinois 100 years ago so we were Fighting Illini people because my dad went to that college. Honestly, I didn’t get into football until now, believe it or not and I’ll explain that in a bit.
So, when my family and I moved down to the South, one of the first questions we were asked was, “Who ya for?” Not knowing what in the world these people were talking about, one of my first replies was, “Well, Jesus of course. Rock on Jesus!” Aside from cracking several folks up with my reply, they were aghast with the fact that I was not for anyone and apparently this was a sin in the South.
Well, as I said, I didn’t get into football but my best friend at the time was for Auburn so I said, “Um, yea, Auburn. War Eagle!” And that was that for a while.
I started dating my first serious boyfriend my Junior year of high school and he was a Bama fan. I would have just lined up with him as I said, I didn’t care at this point, but I didn’t because he needed to be put in his place from time to time as a raging Bama fan and an obnoxious one at that. It was gross so I stuck with my Auburn guns, but I have to be honest, there was something incredibly appealing about that Bama team, like, they were one helluva football team. I remained Auburn just to piss my obnoxious boyfriend off but I could feel the winds of change each year I watched this Bama football team practically dominate.
As I got more and more immersed in the Southern way of things, I began to think I had chosen the wrong team as my new husband at the time, was even more of a raging obnoxious screaming cussing Auburn fan to the point where folks stopped inviting us over for Auburn football games. Not kidding, he was that bad.
All through my 16 years with my first husband, I became a secret Alabama fan as I saw a well oiled machine that I admired and having Auburn shoved down my throat all the damn time got incredibly old and I had had it. So, I secretly danced and high-fived myself every time Alabama won and Auburn lost. Now, you Auburn fans, it has nothing to do with your team, it has to do with the pain that was caused at your expense by a raging lunatic fan who made football season a living hell. I will hit my point home in a bit, y’all.
After my divorce, I threw away all of my Auburn stuff but I didn’t buy anything Alabama, not sure why, I just didn’t. As I watched Alabama kick butt in the season prior to meeting the Professor, I was like a caged animal that had been released and I could whoop and holler each time they won. It was very freeing.
When I met the Professor, I was delighted he was a Bama fan, he went there by the way, but I feared he was one of ‘those’ fans. The first game I watched with him, I braced myself when the other team scored and as I looked over at him to see what would happen, I was shocked as to what he did and said, “Well, crap, that sux, although that was a great catch and score for the other team. They really deserved that play.” Whaaaaaaaaaaat the?
The Professor gets excited, don’t get me wrong, but he recognizes a good play when he sees one and it is not uncommon for him to call to me, if I’ve left the area of watching and say, “Honey, come look at this play by the other team. What athleticism, although I wish we had scored.” I’m not kidding, he is a fan, believe me, but not the raging screaming cussing slamming doors fan I was accustomed to and now, I have several Bama shirts, watch nearly all the games, and absolutely love this thing called football.
So, now I have possibly 3 kids, maybe even 5 depending on the other two, who are going and will be going next year to Auburn. Dilemma? Naw, not really. Auburn is one helluva a good school and I had the most pleasant time there Friday and yesterday with my bonus son and his cutie girlfriend.
Auburn . . . your campus is simply lovely and has such a good energy that is unmatched, I’m sure, on the other campuses in the state of Alabama. I’ve been to Auburn only a couple of times but didn’t appreciate the campus until my visit on Friday. I’ve also been to Alabama’s campus and its lovely as well. I need to go back because its been a long time since I’ve been there.
My bonus son and his girl are very happy at this lovely college and I can see why. He took us to eat at some burger place called WiFi Burger maybe, I don’t remember I just remember it was one of the best burgers around and the atmosphere was awesome. We also went to Little Italy which has the best pizza, although a bit greasy, but good nonetheless. And your buildings, Auburn, they are stunning.
I got to see Toomer’s corner and the new trees that had to be planted because of some dumb Bama fan, shame on you you idiot, as well as the one that was lit on fire, shame on you you idiot! And oh Lord, that rec center is to die for. The pool is so awesome and the thingy in the middle with all of the trees and the fountain, oh, the atrium is what it is called . . . I’d never leave from there. I’d just move into the rec center workout, swim, and live in the atrium in a little hut.
As you can tell, I have a soft spot for Auburn but I’m still an Alabama fan. I am so excited to see my son go there next year as he has been accepted, praise the Lord, and wants to study mechanical engineering, which is right up his alley. I’m hoping my bonus daughter will go there too to study speech therapy as I think she would just love it there. My daughter has expressed her desire to go there too we just have to get her involved in school and not her social life. Lol! As for my other bonus son, well, he’s just not sure of all of it yet it seems and that’s ok.
As a parent of Auburn kids and an Alabama fan, I think it will all work out just fine.