by Carolyn Trower

What a great weekend! While the Kansas City Chiefs were winning the Super Bowl, I was watching Mizzou’s Lady Tigers take on 25th ranked Arkansas. A friend let me have tickets – and a parking pass—that her family wouldn’t be using because it was Super Bowl Sunday. Perks of being a basketball fan.
The parking pass was great. Parking has always been a pain when attending events at the Arena. Sunday, I parked 10 cars away from the rear entrance. Reserved seating was cool, but one of the “regulars” was a guy who called fouls, loudly, every few seconds and screamed “Travel!” in between derogatory remarks about the refs. Glancing around at the many empty seats I moved myself away from his rants when the quarter ended. As I stepped in front of the lady beside me, she said, “I don’t blame you.” Loyal to their season seats, she and her husband remained. The guy two rows in front of me turned and waved, shaking his head as he glared at the heckler, now on his phone. Perks of being a nomadic basketball fan.
It was a great game as most heartbreakers are. Mizzou and Arkansas raced up and down the court, each team making some amazing shots and just as amazing rebounds when the shot thunked its way off the rim. The game went into overtime and the end result was an 85-81 loss for Mizzou. But I loved it.
Back at home, I started my “paper work” as the sounds of a very exciting fourth quarter bowl game drifted in from the family room. I could tell from my son’s exclamations that things were going well for the Chiefs. Curiosity getting the better of me I watched from the doorway and learned the score had been tied at halftime, but the Chiefs added 21 points in the second half. Isn’t it amazing what a second half can or cannot do for the home team? I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the halftime pep talks, or maybe I wouldn’t. It’s probably best the general citizenry doesn’t know all the details.
So, after a weekend filled with Prom dress shopping (round one, no takers) and an afternoon and evening filled with adrenaline-pumping excitement, it was no easy task to sit and start scrolling through emails and composing news items. But the piper must be paid.
What a glorious Monday morning it was. Stepping out on the deck to birdsong and a chilly breeze I surmised that the groundhog was right, Spring is just weeks away.
On a side note, my friend and I saw “Little Women” last week. I think it is the perfect mother-daughter movie. There is so much to glean from this newer adaptation of Alcott’s classic. Now I have added a biography of Alcott to my list of books to read. I remember reading about her father’s school and his liberal approach to education; and I envied her access to the conversations he had with Emerson and Thoreau. She was a remarkable woman of her time and I think this new version pays homage to her strength and intelligence even if it strayed from the actual pages. It made me want to learn more about Alcott, publishing books during the late 1880’s, and more about the education system in Massachusetts. The background of the Civil War in the far north and freemen is intriguing as well. History lessons don’t touch on these points and that’s a shame because I think there’s a lot to learn about today’s views on women, education, and gender roles in those early days after the war.
Life lessons are learned on the court, on the field, and in the movies…if we avail ourselves to the possibilities. Open your mind, the possibilities are endless.