I spent last weekend in a very special place. A place where:
* My father, uncles, cousins, and brother-in-law once walked.
* My cousins' children have walked or are currently walking. One of my sisters is among those walking the grounds.
* Young men in cowboy boots hold doors open for ladies.
* You're greeted with "Howdy!" by total strangers.
* God is still King & you have no doubt about it.
The graves of past Reveilles...the scoreboard is lit during games so they can keep an eye on how the Aggies are doing.
* Hearing a certain rhythm results in a loud "WHOOP!" by everyone within hearing distance.
* About a thousand people flow into the stadium at midnight to practice their role during the next day's game.
* These same students continue their practice in smaller groups after the structured practice.
* The fans actually stand & cheer the band at halftime instead of running to the concession stand and/or talking.
* You won't hear traditional football cheers...or cheerleaders. The "Yell Leaders" put on a show of their own. (I think I spent at least half of the game mesmerized by them!)
* The Core Values
of Loyalty, Integrity, excellence, Leadership, Selfless Service, and Respect are expected and are evident.
*Traditions run deep and are embraced by even the young ones.
The students put a penny at the feet of "Sully" before a big test.
The "Century Tree": If you walk under it with someone, you will spend the rest of your life with that person. Likewise, if you walk alone under it, you will be alone for the rest of your life.
*Tragedies strengthen an already unbreakable bond.
The memorial for the students who were killed during the bonfire in 1999.
*Veterans are truly treated like heroes.
Being the daughter, niece, sister, sister-in-law, and cousin of Aggies, I thought I had a decent grasp of this Aggie Spirit. Well, after visiting Aggieland, I realize that until it is experienced first-hand, it's impossible to truly understand what being an Aggie really
Gig 'Em! WHOOP!!!
How cool! ... love seeing veterans honored so well.ReplyDelete
So much to see!!!
That tree... isn't it funny the folklore that goes with things :)
Love your post and the spirit of it. Makes me want to be there too!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a really nice weekend getaway.ReplyDelete
How totally cool, Mary!!!ReplyDelete