Thursday, September 22, 2011

Friday Night Lights

Hello, this is my third and final installment about my weekend adventures.
So I come from a small town. SMALL. McGregor Minnesota. Population 375. The towns around it are small too. Tamarack where my grandma lives, pop. 94 and Jacobson where my other grandparents live pop.390. The whole area is small. The school where my brother goes is k-12. Its the school I went to for awhile, the school my parents went to, the school 3 generations before that went to. You can see it all as soon as you walk in. every class photo of every class they have ever had is hanging in the front entrance. It's a different way of life than most live. I know, I have seen the other side too. My graduating class of 2000 from Anoka, MN was more than 3,000 kids. My brothers class will be 17. Its just a way different way of life. Different things are important there. Sports are important. Granted that is true in big schools too, but it's not the same. In small schools sports is all there is. There is no French club, or drama club. There's no chess club or debate group. It's sports and that's about it.
Every Friday night my brother has a game. Sometimes they drive hours to play just because schools and teams are sparse. This last Friday they drove 2 1/2 hours from home to play in Red Lake. Everyone goes. It's amazing. Even if you don't have a kid playing you go. Even if it's a 2 1/2 hour drive you go, that's how it is in small towns. We even saw one couple must have been nearly 80 or so my mom thought that made the long drive there knowing they would be driving home in the dark through the woods and not getting home till after midnight. It's just the way people work in McGregor.
I was beyond excited about the chance to see my brother play. It was amazing! I was never much into that sorta thing in High school so I never experienced the whole Friday night football games. I loved it.
The lights, the adrenaline, the cheerleaders encouraging everyone to cheer and be involved, the popcorn and hot chocolate. I loved it all. Cheering and pacing the field with my mom. It was such an experience for me. My brother is #70.
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
Friday night lights
If you are looking for something to do next Friday night, take a chance and check out the high school football team. It will give you some nostalgia and warm your heart right up.

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