When it comes to my family, there are some things I am super passionate about. I’ve mentioned in previous posts my devotion to weekly date nights with my husband. I love the power of our family meetings to reinforce our values, align on how we spend our time and recognize what is happening within our family. This post is about something else I really bake into our calendar: tradition.
We’ve been having a standard movie night on Fridays for the past three years. Watching one movie with all four kids happens at least once each weekend. (Will is too cool for more than one these days).
One of our other traditions has been to watch Golden Gopher Basketball. Yesterday, fate brought our entire family to the Gopher game against the number one team in the country; the Indiana Hoosiers. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Fate Steps In
We weren’t all supposed to go to the game. The tickets were from a business associate and Phil was to bring only one guest. As the game day drew closer, other guests backed out and soon there were enough tickets for our entire family to attend.
Even leaving home at 4:30, traffic was crazy. We inched our way through Dinkytown and managed to get one o the last parking spots on the top of a parking ramp. Phil and I thought we’d leave the game early to avoid hassles getting out of the ramp after the game. That way, the kids wouldn’t be out too late on a school night.
Williams Arena was packed!
We showed the kids where we used to sit when we were students (100 years ago).
Emma and I grabbed some popcorn and pop for everyone.
The Gophers managed to stay close to Hoosiers during the first half.
Could they sustain that throughout the game? I don’t think anyone expected them to.
After half-time, we were thinking Indiana would take over. But, within a few minutes, the Gophers tied the game.
With each minute, we could feel the place begin to hope for a victory. (Check out the serious fans seated directly behind us!)
We always show the boys how the really big players, like Eliason and Mbakwe, use their bodies when they play.
Elliot Eliason caught fire.
We could feel the tide begin to turn in favor of the Gophers.
With two and a half minutes to go, the Gophers were ahead by 7 points.
Everyone was pointing at the scoreboard.
By this time, I’m holding Johnny so he can see above the crowd.
The kids started praying.
We were singing the rouser after every single play.
They made one last free throw that Phil said would seal the deal for us.
And then, in a blink, they won and fans surrounded the players on the court.
We were in shock and disbelief.
The kids were stunned and they sang the rouser one last time with all their heart.
I think that was the moment our kids became golden gopher fans for life.