November 4, 2006

At the Birthday Tournament

Apparently, it is becoming a family tradition to host a tournament on our birthdays. Mine always used to fall around District, though since we've moved Districts that hasn't happened lately (some years, NFL falls nearby....) Today, of course, is Laura's birthday. So, we sang to her at 5:45 this morning before we left the house, and here we are.

It's not as bad as you might think; she not only gets excited to "go see where Daddy works," but "We're going to a Speech Tournament!" is a joyous and anticipatory statement. What's not to love, having an ever-changing kaleidoscope of teenage (mostly) girls oohing, aahing, playing Ring-Around-The-Rosy and coloring with you?

In anwser to the FAQ no one has asked, "Why does Matt host so many tournaments? The usual number is ONE, with perhaps a Student Congress snuck in on a weekday evening": It was mostly an accident. He inherited the Novice tournament in September from the school; it was actually already a tradition when I went there. But, he wanted to add a tournament later in the year, which he initially had in January. Pacific then ended up moving *their* tournament to the weekend Matt had picked in January and so he searched for another good weekend. This one was open, and here we are.

But wait, there's more. This is not the last tournament we host. He originally had a Student Congress on a Tuesday in February, closely followed by another high school's tournament that weekend. But last year, the other high school's tournament was going to be cancelled....Matt offered to host an extra tournament to fill in, since it was smack dab in the middle of the build-up to State and NFL, and then the other high school asked if they could take over the Student Congress. As far as I know, we'll be hosting that same tournament again this year. And that, my friends, is how we ended up with three tournaments.

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