Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

Growing up we had four or five channels on television, and most days that wasn’t much to get excited about. Yet every fall, as the leaves took on their fiery hues and a fresh crispness filled the air something extraordinary would happen… the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame would storm onto the football field that doubled as my very own living room.

It was a show like no other. I would imagine myself defending that hallowed field of green, pushing opposing quarterbacks past their end zone, back to wherever it was from which they had dared to come; exhilarating the faithful under the watchful gaze of Touchdown Jesus… not in our house!

As you might imagine, when Annabelle and I found ourselves passing through South Bend, Indiana, there was no way I could keep from running around that familiar golden dome… a campus I had never set foot on, yet had visited a millions times.

So, just for today, please pardon the sentimental imagery and clumsily nostalgic prose. I am a terrible writer, but this… is Notre Dame.

Not to mention I’m totally expecting pity points in the form of a full-tuition MFA scholarship. Totally. Dude.

Transcripts available upon request. πŸ˜‰

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified


68 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

  1. Aww… it was so fun to get to go there with you! You were so excited! If it were up to me you’d have that scholarship in a second!

    P.S. Ru-dy. Ru-dy. Ru-dy. RU-dy. RU-DY. RU-DY! RU-DY! RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!

    • I really enjoyed that post! As someone who is bad with ‘the words’, I was doubly impressed by someone who is so good at not only writing them, but rhyming them as well!
      Thank you so much, Ms. D!

  2. Well although the football nostalgia is lost on me, I can relate to the channels, but we only had 3… and physically had to get up to change the channel… lol… Those were the days… Glad you got to wander the hallowed turf…

    • Hahaha… that’s very true! I got lots more exercise back in the day I was a human remote control!
      It was so much fun (I do kinda’ wish I could have wondered around inside the stadium, though… or seen a game… maybe someday)!

    • That is very kind of you to say, sir… I really struggle with writing, but every now and then I get the urge to fight with it anyway. The good news is that I’m pretty sure it should be out of my system for quite some time now!

  3. hey, don’t knock yourself, the writing is good! i had the good fortune to visit ND on a trip with a friend last year–we got special access to the locker room and walked out the tunnel onto the field the night before the game. fun stuff.

  4. Sweet composition. I grew up rooting for USC, so you know where that’s going. I am not much of Trojan fan anymore, but I still can’t abide ND.

    • It’s funny… I’ll spend half an hour writing ONE paragraph, decide it’s… okay, come back later to re-read it, and think… ‘what is this gibberish’?!
      I really appreciate that, though, Binky… thank you so much for your very kind words!

  5. Great composition and entertaining post. For a moment I tried to read Knute Rockne as if it were Old English – K-noh-tee Roh-k-nee. Actually,now it seems more Klingon.

    • Thank you very much, sir! I usually try to keep my writing to a minimum (definitely not my forte), but I couldn’t help myself on this post!

      Hahaha… Kapla!
      (sorry, my Klingon is a bit rusty…)

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