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One Eyed

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Today’s prompt . . .

Football.

Do you love it or hate it?

Going to watch Brisbane Lions play Collingwood tonight . . . should be interesting as my husband barracks for Collingwood 😦

Meeting my son Pip and his girlfriend Jemimah at the MCG – let’s hope three of us are smiling tonight 🙂

 

Characters

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Another day at the football, yesterday, and a wonderful time even though we didn’t win.

Once again, Pip headed west on the train from Yarragon while I drove south to Melbourne, left my car at my parents-in-law’s house, caught a tram, walked for ten minutes, caught a train and finally arrived at the MCG 🙂 Sounds a bit like that film Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Brisbane made a great come-back in the second half but lost to Richmond by 23 points 😦 but I always love catching up with Pip and it’s wonderful to think he enjoys going to the football with his old Mum 🙂

And, I saw so many characters during the day. Some, I’m sure, will pop up in future writing. A lovely gentleman who caught the tram at the same stop near my in-law’s home and after I was seated came to ask how I was getting to the ground. He wasn’t in footy gear, so I hadn’t realized we were going to the same place. I told him I was heading to the city and would then walk to the ground. He suggested getting off a few stops along, walking to the station and catching the train to the ground. “Do you mind if I tag along?” I asked, and I found myself with a wonderful, entertaining companion for the journey, telling me stories about trips overseas, a ghost tour in Melbourne and apologizing because his team was going to beat mine. They did 😦  We said goodbye, as he went to meet someone at Gate 3 while Pip waited for me at Gate 5.

It’s fun to observe fellow supporters and one man in particular caught my eye. Seated a couple of rows away, we watched as his face grew redder and redder, clearly very one eyed, drummed his hands in the concrete ledge in impatience and expressing extreme disgust when he didn’t agree with the umpires’ decisions. His colour grew to fire-engine/post box red when Brisbane rallied in the third quarter but paled to deep crimson when his team won. I’m glad I don’t take it quite so seriously!

After the game, as Pip and I prepared to go our different ways outside the ground, a woman carrying Richmond streamers raced over to us, shook them at us with an emphatic ‘Ha, Ha’. Her long grey hair was matted and her grin, displayed a number if missing teeth. I think she’d made it her mission to find as many opposition supporters as she could and share her excitement and we laughed as she continued on her way.

The train station was packed but I finally boarded the third train through, and eavesdropped on two 30ish young men as they discussed their dogs. “She’s a great dog,” said one, “she’s stayed with me through so many different girlfriends.” They were so intent on their canine conversation that they missed their stops!

I remembered mine and headed toward the tram stop in the fading light. Then, up ahead, I saw a familiar figure. I caught up to my gentleman friend from the earlier trip and, once again, we chatted amiably as we waited (we missed one tram by just a few seconds) and both concluded when we alighted that we had enjoyed a great day.

Welcome coffee from my mother-in-law (and a beautiful chook ornament she’d found for me at an antique shop) and I drove home, very tired, very happy and inspired by some very interesting new characters 🙂

Mushrooms

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One of my earliest memories is of going mushrooming with my Nan and Pop, then eating them on toast while watching Football Inquest on Saturday night, followed by the football replay. No live coverage in those days and it was the only time we ever ate away from the dining room table. Nan and Pop had fold-out tables that look like trays on top of metal crossed legs. I often see them in antique shops. I remember thinking the mushrooms were the best thing I’d ever tasted but I’ve never been able to eat them like that again. I don’t even like the smell although I can eat mushroom mixed with other foods and on top of pizza 🙂

 

Go Lions!

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Yesterday I travelled to Melbourne to watch my team the Brisbane Lions win the Grand Final of the pre-season competition (Nab Cup) 🙂

A long but wonderful day and I’m so glad I went.

 

The Big Game

Today’s prompt…

Maybe not the biggest game of the season for most people but it was for me 🙂

Despite our team Brisbane Lions, not winning, Pip and I had a great time, created one of those special memories I know we will refer back to over the years “Remember that time we…’, and . . . it has helped inspire me to write something new. I hope my photo inspires you to write poems, stories or whatever about your favourite football code or team.

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