By Lorry Myers:
When my husband and I were considering buying this house, it was this time of year when we first toured it. Even though the house is several blocks from the local high school, I could hear the marching band warming up before the Friday night football game.
We bought the house the next day.
If we weren’t at the football stadium for those Friday night ballgames, we sat on our screened-in porch and listened. From here, we can hear the crowd roar, and the band play and the chants led by the cheerleaders. On a clear night, we hear the announcer announce and know who has scored by the way the fans sound. Typically, this time of year on a Friday night, I hear the National Anthem and the School Song from my backyard.
But not this year.
Recently, in an effort to protect, our County issued a strict health directive and our community and school district are compelled to comply. We have to follow the rules and limit crowd attendance, not just at football games but any school function. That means that Friday nights are different around here. Seating at football games is calculated and players are only given a limited number of seats for their families. Loyal fans with season tickets won’t be allowed this year and the halftime show will not go on.
I love the halftime show.
I also love the Homecoming parade with the Grand Marshal and the pep rally on Thursday night. This year it will not be the same and I will miss the girl scouts throwing candy and the football team on a flatbed, flexing their jerseys. For generations, there have been Queens in convertibles and baton-twirlers twirling batons. There has always been the school tradition of float building and float judging and float displays during the Homecoming game.
Those were the good old days.
This year because of restrictions, our school district made a decision to play all their remaining football games in other counties, in other school’s football stadiums. A Homecoming Queen will be crowned and a Homecoming game will be played and the bleachers will be full, it just won’t be in our town or on our field. Still, fans and families now have the opportunity to see their players play and their cheerleaders cheer. I’m glad that forward thinking decision makers thought outside of the box and came up with this out of town solution.
Everything is sure quiet though.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.