Larry had not seen most of his college friends since he walked off the Michigan State University Campus in 1971. That is a long time! So this weekend we flew to East Lansing for a reunion…….a fantastic gathering of seven fun couples- Don & Gail, Jeff & Kathy, Dave & Marcia, Charlie & Linda, Warren and Debbie, Larry & Judy, and us. All - guys and gals - were graduates of Michigan State except for me and another wife, Kathy - and she was president of the Michigan State "Rebounders" basketball fan club for three years. I was truly the "green" one……as in new. But I was proud to wear MSU Green! I worked hard to learn everyone's name and at least had the first names down after a day. It was amazing how Larry and friends just took up where they left off so many years ago. We all had a ball! Being a Big Ten school demands lots of hoopla! I had never been to a big university game. I graduated from the University of Findlay and then Peabody. Not too much football in my college life. So it was great fun to be in a huge stadium with all the green Michigan State shirts. I even had one.
The highlight was the tailgate party before the game and of course the big game. We had breakfast (Don's biscuits and sausage gravy) along with Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Then we took a tour of the new basketball arena where we just happened to meetCoach Tom Izzo, who took time to talk with us and we had our picture taken with him. Izzo is God at State. We went back to our tailgater, and the Michigan State Men’s Glee Club came by to serenade us with great “fight” songs. I couldn’t believe it when my husband got up and sang with them! He knew all the words and moves and he had a ball. No, he never sang in college. He should have. After the game we all went to the dorm where they all lived for three years. Memories………….
We hope all of them will come to watch the University of Maryland and Michigan State game next November. This will be Maryland's first year in the Big Ten and we're excited to now have Big Ten games in our "backyard." We're looking forward to lots more fun weekends in our future.
Me with my new best friend - Coach Tom Izzo
The chorale rehearsals are going so well. And singers keep coming. Amazing. A Smithsonian singer told me this morning that Encore is the best thing going for older people in Washington. I believe that. We have a blast, we challenge ourselves and we learn so much. We stay healthy and happy and very musical. Nothing better.
About the Osprey…………..Yesterday at our rehearsals I mentioned that I thought they were gone. Lo and behold, one was on top of our mast last night. Larry didn’t put the owl up because he thought they were gone. Not yet - but soon!