Something seemed amiss with my iPhone. It was telling me that I was going to be riding in the car for two hours longer than I thought. Wait a minute! I agreed to ride ten hours to Baltimore, but for some reason, these two extra hours were not sitting well with me. Twelve hours one way made me want to get out of the car immediately. I would rather just live somewhere off of I-95 instead of having ridden in that car for one more second!!
Mad Dog was nonplussed. He had managed to sweet talk me into this road trip to see Ohio State play Navy. There was a lot about this trip that seemed crazy. Driving 20 plus hours in four days, taking the boys out of school and oh, did I mention, it was all for a football game? This may surprise you but I am not a passionate football fan. On the upside, we were able to take the boys to the Naval Academy which was spectacular and watching the entire population of midshipman take the field before kick-off gave me goosebumps. However, I still do not consider this a ‘college visit’, Mad Dog. Yes, we technically visited a college, but no, my seven and nine-year old are not quite ready to enroll (enlist?). Either way, it isn’t happening anytime soon.
As the game started and we watched our Buckeyes struggle, I begin to feel frustrated. To make matters worse, my sensitive nervous system was not handling Navy’s cannon shots well. To signify to the stadium that Navy had scored, regained possession or a quarter ended, their cannon would boom with enthusiasm. It startled me almost every single time. It got to be comical. My boys would warn me it was coming and then, BOOM, I would nearly jump out of my skin. Between the Buckeyes lackluster early performance and feeling like I was being shot by a cannon every five minutes, I was about ready to lose my mind. At one point I considered storming the field to let Urban Meyer know that “Mommy did not just ride TWELVE hours for this and he better rally the team or cannon shots would be the least of his worries!”. Thankfully, while it wasn’t pretty, the Buckeyes managed to pull out a win (Braxton Miller we miss you!).
Let’s hope the rest of the football season sees more wins, less cannons and lots more shared family experiences! Go Buckeyes!