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Feeling a little melancholy with the trees coming down and all and it got me to thinking.
On behalf of my family and myself I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the players and coaches of the 2010 team for helping to take the sting out what was a terrible time for us.
The week before the Alabama game (I said it wrong in another post), my father-in-law was killed in a hunting accident in Georgia. By then my in-laws had moved up to Auburn from Florida and had been here for several years. They considered Auburn home. He was at his hunting camp near Butler, GA, that he had leased for over 30 years.
This all happened the Friday before Thanksgiving week. We hung his ashes from his hunting stand on Tuesday and went through Thanksgiving as zombies because my mom-in-law (still living in Auburn) insisted. On Friday we got pumped for the game as much as we could. We all know what happened the first half. Everyone in the house was bummed except me. I just KNEW we would come back. After we scored to start the second half I got a text from my brother in Florida ( a converted Gator) saying "I believe." It wasn't long before everyone in the house did as well, and we all know how the game turned out. Before we went to Toomer's I pulled my then 11 year-old son aside and told him to never forget what he just witnessed, it was the biggest and most important comeback in the history of Auburn football, and one day he'd tell his kids and (hopefully) grand kids the same.
As we all know, we throttled USCe in the SECCG and won it all in Glendale. With every win my thoughts returned to my dad-in-law, Frank, and I couldn't help but think that wherever he was/is, he had a hand in it all. I still do.
Life went on, as it always does.My daughter finished her engineering degree that fall (graduates with her masters in a couple weeks). We did Christmas. We watched us win the NC, and we went to Toomer's at midnight with everyone else. Even though Frank wasn't with us those days, he was and still is. Wearing an Auburn shirt and hat like always. The picture that was sent out to folks to remember Frank by was a picture of him and my mom-in-law taken at a Toomer's after the Georgia game.
I don't mind admitting that this will be a tough weekend for us, one of mixed emotions. But at the same time it will be a great one, one of celebration, seeing old friends and making some new ones, and we look forward to it.
There is no better place to live than Auburn. Some things have happened recently to make me realize it more than ever. I don't think I'll ever leave, at least not permanently.
Thanks again 2010 Team and Coaches.
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