Homecoming Traditions

It’s October, and that means Football Homecoming at ENMU.  So many fun memories tied up in this day.  Things to write about for years!  The first float I ever rode on.   The first time I marched down the street twirling a baton.  Today I’m thinking of traditions… old and new.

Some of my family will meet in front of the News Tribune building to watch the parade.  It was always the perfect spot to walk to from the family furniture store, then back to the store for pizza before the game.  Now that the furniture store is a part of our past and not part of our present… Probably one of my cousins will be putting something on Facebook about wishing to eat pizza there on this day… and all the family will be commenting back about wishing so too.  And you know… even as I type this… here come the tears.

I love how a simple little tradition like standing around a cardboard Lazy-Boy box in the back of a building can become such a big deal.  Talk about a happy slice of life!

And I love our new tradition for this day. This one is with Gary’s family.  It’s our big day for Omelets in a Baggie!  What fun we have!  After the parade we all go to my brother-and-sister-in-law’s home where they’ll have eggs, eggs, and more eggs waiting for us.  You crack a couple of eggs into a little bowl and mix them up, then pour that into a Ziploc baggie and toss in all the other goodies you want.  They’ll have cheese and tomatoes and mushrooms and ham and this and that.  We all bring something.  This year G and I will show up with green chiles.  You write your name on your bag with a Sharpie then plop it into the big pot of boiling water for EXACTLY 13 minutes.  (That’s a fun part… everyone doing their math with the clock on the stove!)  Anyway, it’s a wonderful family time.  We’re all in the kitchen together stirring up our omelets, fishing our baggies out of the boiling pots, asking each other what ingredients we used, cheering as we roll our pretty little “egg rolls” onto our plates.  And you know… even as I type this… here comes the silly little grin.

It’s parade time!  I hope you have delightful, simple traditions with those you love.  What’s your football season tradition?

10 Responses to “Homecoming Traditions”

  1. Betty Williamson says:

    Omelets in a baggie! That’s a new one to me, and it sounds like a heck of a lot of fun for a crowd. Quart-sized bags? Do they ever leak? I can’t wait to try this one.

    I may be one of your only readers who remembers you twirling that baton in the parades, but I do! 🙂 Ah, memories….

  2. Sandy says:

    Yes.. quart sized freezer ziploc bags. They don’t leak. Squeeze all the air out before you put it in the boiling water so it won’t just bob around on the top. Indeed! A really fun activity for a crowd. I can’t wait. =)

  3. Mary Anne says:

    That omelet in a bag is a new one for me also. Sounds like fun as Betty said for a crowd. Sad thing is that several in my family are allergic to eggs. Also sounds good for camping.

  4. michelle pond says:

    Thaqnks for sharing your beautiful family memories.

    I have never heard of omelets in a baggie. One time someone suggested cooking fish in a baggie and putting it in the dishwasher but I never tried it. Have fun at the parade. I will be watching it from my front porch. <3!

  5. Jana says:

    I am having a hard time this morning myself. Due to Alex’s football game, we will not be at the parade. ): I think it is the second time that I have missed it. Grab some candy for us! And thanks for the picture you chose. Love it!!!

  6. Sandy says:

    Jana, I’ll miss you at the parade for sure! And I love that photo!! Sweet little girls growing up so fast.

  7. Sharon says:

    Same nostalgic memories, our posts coming at the same time about the same exact story. Ice Cream at the football game..both carts coming out today! See you at tne News Tribune

  8. Marcea Clive says:

    I have heard of the omelets in a bag, but have never tried them. Everyone, have a great day.
    By the way, did everyone see that great War Memorial Float in the parade today? They are still taking contributions for it.

  9. Donna McBroom says:

    Thanks to everyone who joined us today for the omelets. It is a tradition we enjoy and not a tremendous amount of work. It is a blessing for us to all share special time together. Today we celebrated Dustin’s 19th birthday (it was yesterday) as part of the fun. Happy birthday Dustin!

  10. Kim says:

    The Homecoming Parade brings back such wonderful memories! It was always a big event to look forward to in years gone by. We also had a great day here, with OU defeating Texas. Fun to take a break from reality and watch the game. It was a fun filled and joyous day! 🙂 Some years are like that! We had a great brunch and enjoyed some of Sandy’s pear-lime preserves, too! Thank you, Sandy, for sending some to Houston with Billy.

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