Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for UGA

A little fuzzy, but you can see the G for Georgia.
U is for UGA

I grew up in a small town where everyone knew you or knew of you. There was only one school I wanted to attend after high school — the University of Georgia. The fact more students were enrolled there than lived in my hometown appealed to me. I wanted to be a number and a journalism student. 

Many know the University of Georgia for its athletic programs, especially the Georgia Bulldogs football team. I attended one game when I was a student there. With a press pass, I did my best to shoot the game from the sidelines and not become part of a tackle.

Years later, I look for the football logo even though I don't watch the games or follow scores. Recently, I saw a man in the grocery store wearing a Georgia shirt and spoke to him. He was from Alabama, but wore a red and black Dawg shirt. 

I've never been afraid to speak to someone wearing a University of Georgia logo. I stopped a man in a restaurant in Victoria Falls, who wore a red, Bulldog jacket. In Texas, a family I met in a Home Depot lived next to one of the students I tutored every week.

Some people don't like being a number, but through the years I've found it's a small world when you are part of a large pool of students. 

14 comments:

  1. That's a good point. And Enzo is so cute! :)

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  2. Enzo is such a cutie pie. I see a lot of people wearing college Ts or sweatshirts, being in a small town with one local collage. But it's cool to see colleges or home team shirts (from DE or PA). I always approach those people, too! Go Bulldogs!

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    1. Karen, Funny how we do that. When I wear something with a team logo, I sometimes get stopped too.

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  3. Had to stop & say he (Enzo) is such a darling boy. And your post made me think of how many times when I see my university logo I do stop & say 'hey, I'm an alum too'. We always have that connection. Thanks Stacey for the thought.

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  4. I wanted to go to a big university and be a number, too, but I ended up at a very small school. I think it worked out well for me, especially having grown up in NYC, where you feel like a number most of the time!

    ~Debbie

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    1. Debbie, I can see how we wanted to do the opposite in our next phase of life.

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  5. Enzo is sooo darling. I love him. I wanna kiss him! (He has that kissable face, yanno?) The guy really pleased you and you did him. I love to see someone wearing a Dolphin shirt.:-) xoxo

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    1. Robyn, I know it's very kissable. He's losing the baby fat, but keeping the chubby cheeks for now.

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  6. Enzo looks so cute in that T-shirt (but then, he'd look cute in anything).

    Kind of nice to have those kinds of ties, home away from home.

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  7. Hi Stacy! Enzo is such a cutie. : )

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