Sorry for the long delay in posting. This blog should explain everything.
If you want to catch up all on Dawg related material, be sure to check out PWD
, The King
, and Dawgbone.net
. This is Dawg related, but not like that.
On Saturday morning my Grandfather passed away. Everyone is fine and know that he is in a better place than he was 3 days ago. You don't really need to leave comments of condolences...like I said, everyone is fine with what has happened.
What I noticed though, was the connection between my Grandfather, my Father, and myself that I was aware of, but never really gave any attention to it. Today (Monday) at the funeral, both of the presiding preachers made reference to how my Grandfather loved Georgia Football, and more imortantly, how he loved to talk about it.
My Grandfather was a good man. Once a mayor of a small town in Central/South Georgia, once a member of the armed forces, and always a die hard Georgia fan. In fact, the closest I have ever been to my Grandfather is when he and I were talking about Georgia fFootball. It's the same closeness I share with my Father today.
When I was in Redcoats, I would call my Father after every game to talk about what was going well and what wasn't going so well. There were good calls in 2002 and 2003, and not so great ones from 1999 - 2001. Then, I would come home from college and finally have that "it" thing I needed to sit down with my Grandfather and level with him. We were never as close as I now wish we were, but we had Georgia Football, and that's OK with me.
Now I sit back and I think about what how Georgia Football has influenced my life in ways that I never thought it could. My Grandfather was a Dawg, thus making my Father a Dawg, thus forcing me to be a Dawg and eventually leading me to UGA. I got to UGA and found myself and friends that would become like family to me.
Common threads are the foundation of our relationships. In order to really truly become close to someone, you need that level ground where you can learn, share, and experience together. Something that creates that bond between Grandfather, Father, Son, Friend, etc. For me, I was lucky enough for that common thread to be Georgia Football.
I'm a huge Christmas nut. Gigantic. This season always reminds me to appreciate what I have and how blessed I am. Right now, I'm very appreciative that on Christmas morning I always had the opportunity to sit with my Grandfather and talk to him about how school and Georgia Football were going.
It's not only me, though. Recently I had the chance to meet PWD
. I've noticed that T. Kyle King
references how he and his young son talk about Georgia Football. Two of my closest friends at work are huge UGA fans. Oob
is way up north and she watches games at a place full of Dawg fans.
Yeah, Georgia Football is fun to watch, but to many it's so much more than that.
Don't forget the great people in your life this holiday season. Don't forget to appreciate what you have, but in doing so, please take a moment to remember how you got it. Georgia Football is what I would consider to be one of the "little things" in relation to what many would consider important, but I also know now that the "little things" can lead to much bigger ones.
Until next time kids.