So, there are a few perks to being in a wheelchair. I know that may seem weird, but there are. One can almost always find a silver lining in any given situation if they look. (I say “almost always” because I don’t want to get into a debate where someone tries to bring me down by proving sad situations. So, if you disagree with me and you’re in a situation where there is no silver lining then all I can say is that I hope you feel better and I’ll pray for you. Now, back to my silver lining moment…)
My family is a HUGE USC Trojan fanatic family. Everyone but me (hello, Rebel!) went to school there. Mom, dad, sister, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins. I did not. But, that does not take away from my fanatic response to Trojan football! Well, not necessarily to the team itself. I like football within reason. Though, I am more into the pageantry of the home games: the band, the tail gating, Traveler the horse.
My dad is really into USC football. In my family, we don’t necessarily root for a professional team. USC is our football. So, this year and last, my dad got a suite at the Coliseum. The suites are on the field, which is awesome. What’s even more awesome (*insert eye roll here*) is that the Coliseum is so old that there is nothing but steps to the field.
Nothing, except for the tunnel that is!! Yes, I get to go down the tunnel. The same way the players enter the field. The same way the band enters the field. The same way Traveler enters the field. That’s now the way I enter the field!!
That’s my dad walking next to me. And our guards. Ok, not really. The LAPD were not there to protect me from the paparazzi. But, I did have 2 USC security guards escorting me. The weekend before I had 4. And they made a really big deal about getting people out of my way. Which made me feel like a really big deal. (Or people thought the chick in the wheelchair was being unruly, causing trouble and getting kicked out. Either way…) This time, my mom and the hubs were there too. The weekend before my brother and his lady were with us. They missed out this time.
The suite is on the opposite side of the field which means that we had to roll all the way across the field. It wasn’t so bad this week as we went down early.
Last week, we ended up coming out with the band (SQUEAL!!) and had to go all the way around the field. That was awkward cause it meant more people were staring. I’m way more comfortable in the background than in the forefront. I am not complaining, I’m just saying I preferred going down when not as many people would be looking. But if I could always march out with the band and/or Traveler, I would!
So, yes, there are silver linings- being on the field at the infamous Coliseum is one of them! Fight on!!