Monday, January 30, 2012

Small town USA

For the past few months, Saturday mornings have been spent at basketball games.
And I love it. I love seeing the kids play, and observing the crowd.
(I could watch people all day long and be perfectly content...)

I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into not just our lives, but much of America's lives as well.
There are small towns like this all across the country.
The gym we played in has a stage.
This is the one and only auditorium at this school.
Concerts, high school plays, and ball games all happen here.

The bleachers aren't fancy metal or plastic, but old wood instead.

Windows galore... Beautiful light!

People dress like this, both young and old. This one just happened to be too cute to not snap a photo!

The top of the gym (which is really just a huge metal building) has been redone sometime recently.

I wanted you to see two things here.
1. That amazing woodwork at the top. So pretty!!
2. The timeclock. 25 seconds to go with a tied score. It was a good game!

We went into overtime. Our boys ended up losing by 1 point.

Some of the boys cried, which was heartbreaking for me. Not mine though.
He didn't cry at all. Not because he's so tough, but just because he really couldn't care less about basketball. Ha!
He's like, "Oh, the game's over now? Cool. Can we go get some snacks and play outside?!"
Hopefully next year he'll put his heart into it, but this year he just didn't care a bit.
It's way more fun to find girls to torture than to play basketball with a bunch of sweaty boys...

I do love to travel, shop, see big cities, and observe people wherever I go but I just don't think there's anything more beautiful than a small town in Middle America!


jonahbonah said...

if there could be a target and a joann's in small town USA i'd love to live there!!!!

wait. i live 20 minutes from the nearest target and 60 from the nearest joann's....something's wrong with this picture!

Non-Stop Mom said...

I recognize that gym - there must be something about that one and overtime because one of my girls played there last weekend and they tied up at the end too - but we won by one point. It was an amazing game!

It looks like - in your last picture, where the boys are sitting in the bleachers - that's about the spot where we were sitting and when we looked up at the heating unit above our heads, there was an "asbestos warning" sticker on it. LOL

I'm so glad that basketball is over. For this year.....


Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh man, I wish I'd have seen the asbestos sign!! That's classic. :)

Anonymous said...

I Agree with the Perfect Trio!
I dream of living in a small town though, in more of a rural setting.

We live in the city of a mid-sized town. We love it but the grass always seems greener on the other side!

Nice post :-)

kraftykash said...

That is awesome! We are entering softball season for our girl very soon. I love watching our kids play sports.

.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

I love your photo of the old wooden bleachers! My son feels the same way about basketball!

Kelli said...

We live in rural Florida. My Grandparents live in rural Illinois. Each Christmas when we visit them my husband always spends a day at a local high school basketball tournament. He loves how the cheerleaders actually cheer the whole time (ours sit in the stands and preen a lot...), how the gym is full at 9 a.m. (ours only fill up for big games) and how much defense is played. Football and baseball are bigger down here, but my husband has always had a soft spot for basketball.

Non-Stop Mom said...

Let me see if I can find it - I'll post it on your wall! ;)

Abby said...

I have played in that gym, about 15 years ago! One of my favorite books is by a guy from Goessel. I will try to link it here -

Randi S said...

that gym is reminiscent of my old gym at my high school. They have a new gym now but I remember proms, homecomings, junior high dances, inside recess, school plays, one acts...I did it all right there. :) And eating lunch bc it was our cafeteria too.

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

So sweet and cute that he doesn't really care... love it.
Me and my fam are spending our Saturday's too at basketball games. We've only won 1 game so far but my guy is really into it.:)

carissa said...

that is really and honestly a pretty gymnasium. i've never been to one with wood bleachers. and the windows. wow!

Clutter-Free Classroom said...

I hear small town usa! Beautiful gym!

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Sarah-Anne said...

What a gorgeous gym! <3

sparkled*life said...

I love this post! I too am from small town USA and wouldn't have it any other way! Such a sense of community and unity. Love it!