|It Happened One Cold Fall Saturday|
It is 6:00am, it's a cold Saturday Albertan morning in November. The fields and hills are comfortably tucked under a thick sparkly white blanket of snow. The temperature is -15 degrees Celsius.
|The Fields and Hills Lay Beneath Their Blankets|
Well, imagine that your not in your bed, but instead you find yourself on a high school football field with shovels, snow blowers, and a small tractor with a bucket and brushes. Why would you, you ask? Well, thanks for asking... You are assigned to a very important task. Your task is to clear at least a week's worth of snow, so two important football games can be played.
Now, imagine that it is a few minutes before 11:00 am and you are still preparing the field for an eleven o'clock kick off. Yikes, with determination you get it done. Amazingly, after five hours, the job is done...Now that is dedication!
|Time Is Drawing Near|
|We're Almost There|
|The Warm Up!|
I have to say that despite the coldness, it was a wonderful day. The sun was shining in that really special way that you only see in "winter" (fall), when the sky is such a glorious blue that it takes your breath away, and the sun dances and sparkles on hills ' snow blankets and the frost shimmers on the trees. The sun is in perfect position to make photographers jump up and down and thank their lucky stars for being alive and able to experience such splendor.
|Catch My Breath|
|He Supported Them All|
|Outsized But Determined|
|Working For It!|
|Will He Get It?|
|Did He Get It?|
The announcer wished us well, as did other parents and grandparents from Drumheller, as we move on to Provincials this coming weekend in Medicine Hat against Grand Prairie.
I have to salute our cheerleaders, too. First of all, they sacrificed a Saturday sleep in on their long weekend to support our guys and gals, then once on the sidelines, they were kicking high, shaking their pompoms, and cheering their hearts out in the cold wintery air. They didn't quit even though at times the naughty wind tried to have a snow shower fight and they probably found themselves questioning,"What was I thinking when I- I -I -I- I- I volunteered to be a ch-ch-ch-cheerleader for foo-oo-oo-oo-tball?"
|Kick That Ball!|
The home team treated our team to a warm lunch, how thoughtful! Then our coaches took all of the team, about 40 players and 12 cheerleaders to the Tyrrell Museum...now that's dedication to the team and learning!
|Let's Do This|
|Slipping and Sliding|
What a beautiful day...the weather, the sunshine, the crowd, the officials, the company, the coaches, the players, the landscape, the dedication!
|The Future is Ours|
|Through the Windshield|
What a positive experience. Thanks everyone!
|The Light Played With My Heart|
|On the Highway Again!|
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