A few months ago, I was thrilled to be invited by the Texas A&M Foundation to speak at their annual conference for women, and as I was preparing for my talk, I realized that even though the university is my alma mater (class of '88), it had been over 14 years since I'd been back at the campus. When I remarked about this length of time, Alex said, "Yeah, Mom -- and you've never taken me to a football game before. EVER."
I had no idea going to a football game was that important to her.
So anyway, while I was at the conference, I mentioned the length of time since I'd been to a game, and I asked my host, Angela, how easy it is these days to get tickets to a game. I don't remember her exact words, but "damned near impossible" pretty much captures the spirit of her answer. "But if you want tickets," she kindly offered, "I can help you."
"Really?" I said. "Oh, if there's a way you can get me access to them, I would love it. It doesn't have to be a big game or anything -- I just would like to take my daughter to a game to experience it."
"No problem," she smiled. "Leave it to me."
And so, a few weeks ago, she called to tell me that she had tickets to the Texas A&M University vs. Prairie View A&M University game, if I'd like to bring Marcus and Alex. This was a pretty minor game -- both universities are actually in the same university system -- but no matter, I was thrilled at her generosity. (And it turns out it was an important game, nonetheless.) So today, we drove the 90 miles north to watch the game.
It did not disappoint. Our seats were incredible, the fans were friendly and warm, and the teams and their bands played and performed with such class. It was exactly the kind of first-football-game experience I would hope for my kid.
Here are a couple of shots from the game.
The game actually ended up being a bit of a bloodbath -- the Aggies beat the Panthers, 67-0 (!!) -- but each team played with class, the fans enjoyed each other and to my everlasting shock, Alex actually said she's thinking about whether she'd want to attend A&M in the future (she probably won't -- while A&M has many great strengths, they don't generally lie in the kinds of subjects Alex is interested in, but it's lovely to know that she had such a good time, she's actually considering it). So it was a fun day.
On that note, thank you so much, Angela -- we LOVED being there, and we owe you big.