I Love the Bowl Season!

Monday, January 2, 2012

A few years ago we decided we were done with our streak of bad luck and it was time to adopt the southern tradition of collard greens and black eyed peas for our New Year's Day meal. In the south, they believe that both of these tasteless foods symbolize luck and prosperity for the coming year if eating on the first day of the new year. We talked our college friends, Mike and Julie into joining us. Their previous year wasn't bad but they were game for trying something new. As it turned out, that year was worse for them and about status quo for us. Julie let us know what she thought of our superstitious ways and that they weren't up for partaking in a meal that not only didn't change their fortune but tasted horrible. We agreed so we took a hiatus from the food and spending New Year's together until 2010. We promised not to bring any food or cockamamie spells into their home so we picked up where we left off and enjoyed a day of football and leftovers.

During this day of endless college bowl games, one of the announcers got overly excited and exclaimed "Now this is why I love the bowl season!!" The way he said it gave all 4 of us the giggles and we couldn't stop repeating the phrase for the rest of the day and into the evening. (Yes, you had to be there.) And thus a new tradition was born. Three weeks later we were invited back for the Super Bowl and had a great time. Throughout the year, every once in a while we get a text "I love the Bowl Season!" or "123 days until the bowl season." It's become our private joke and an event our whole family looks forward to every year. There is nowhere else we'd rather be to begin a new year.

Yesterday, being that New Year's fell on a Sunday, and there were only NFL games on, we got a late start on the Bowl Season celebration but it still happened. I was able to sneak in a can of collard greens but Julie heaped butter and salt on everyone's portions and we didn't make any mention of its supposed potential for a prosperous 2012. Regardless of how anyone's year plays out, I'm so thankful we have these friends who are more like family to ring in a new 12 months.

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE the bowl season!!! What I know is that butter and salt make ANYTHING taste better!! I also know that I love you guys - deeply!
Happy New Year!!!