The Spirit of Homecoming
Fall is my most favorite time of the year for a few reasons. First of all, we bid farewell to temperatures high enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, it’s easier to look cute but not sleazy, and then there’s football and homecomings.
For whatever reason, it seems nearly impossible to live in the South and not get drawn into the madness, especially in Tuscaloosa. If you want to be labeled “the black sheep,” it’s an easy task to accomplish; just let it be known that you don’t like football.
Luckily, if you’re not a fan of the game, there are some benefits. Stores are empty at game time. That’s right, no waiting in line for a fitting room. Another benefit: you can pretend to be single for at least two hours a week. Just make sure your significant other is well stocked with his game time favorites before kickoff, and he’ll immediately forget that you exist one the coin is tossed. However, even if you absolutely HATE the sport…. I mean if you abhor it….. the one day that everyone MUST become a fan is Homecoming!
Homecoming is about more than former students coming back to their alma maters. It’s more than just parades, bonfires, and tailgating. Homecoming is the remembrance of an era! Sure, former students return, but even those who never attended a particular school but hung out on campus feel that they’re as much a part of former students’ college experiences as the school itself. The community that supported the institution through the years sees the school’s growth as its accomplishment, too. Parents of former students remember their children’s matriculations as a major part of their own lives. Homecoming brings us all together. Sure we look forward to seeing old friends and enjoying festivities that come but once a year, eating the food of total strangers simply because it smells good and they offered, and every now and then, there’s even mention of a game. But Homecoming has an aura about it that is simply remarkable and cannot be duplicated. It is just what it says, a time for everyone to come home, and everybody knows….. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!