SPECIAL THREE DAYS

I’m sitting in my recliner on a Sunday afternoon trying to figure out how to describe my last few days of covering state volleyball and football. I usually sit down to write my weekly blog and it just flows out of me. Not today, too much going on in my head! It was a whirlwind of activities.

Late Saturday afternoon I was in the elevator at the Xcel Energy Center starting my journey home. An older lady sitting on her stool working the elevator asked me how my day had gone? I smiled and told her that it’s been great because the volleyball team I cover just won a state championship in a thrilling 5 set match. She replied with a big smile and said “Wonderful.” The doors to the elevator opened and I said, “Yes, it is wonderful” I will be honest, I became very emotional while walking through the skyway to the parking ramp. I was praying and thanking God for the job that I have. I am so blessed to be able to do something that I love and make a living doing it.

Since Thursday I have been in the cities covering the Minneota Viking volleyball team and also made the drive to Alexandria to broadcast the Minneota Vikings state football game Friday night. Then Saturday I was back in St. Paul for the state volleyball championship. I continued praying in the skyway as I walked to my car. I was in the parking lot elevator with some Minneota fans trying to cover my tears. For some reason I was overwhelmed with emotions. I just kept thinking and praying and thanking God for the people that he puts in my life. At the state tournament I enjoy visiting with other radio station guys doing the same thing I am. I am often stopped by Minneota parents, grandparents and fans and enjoy visiting with them. They will tell me they have a relative listening to us and are so kind thanking me for covering the Vikings. The Minneota volleyball team and Coach Fruin make me feel like part of the team when visiting with them.

Abby Hennen, a former Minneota Viking, did the commentary for me during the state volleyball tournament. Abby’s first experience broadcasting with me was the section championship in Marshall the week before. This was her first time broadcasting state with me. She knocked it out of the park! She was so well spoken and the back and forth timing with me was perfect. The humor and the fun we had came through the airwaves. The social media comments about Abby were incredible. All the texts from family and friends were constant. I think Abby was overwhelmed by it all.

Some other people I was thanking God for were my family. When I am down in the cities covering state sports I don’t stay in motels, I stay with my daughter Brianna and her husband Seth. They treat me like royalty. The Red Cow is just a few blocks from where they live, it is one of my favorite food places. When I arrived late Thursday evening, dinner from the Red Cow was waiting for me. I get to spend some quality time with them for a few hours. Friday night driving back from Alexandria I stayed with my son Josh and his family in St. Cloud. They also treat me like royalty while I am there. Kristine made an amazing breakfast of french toast, scrambled eggs and sausage along with coffee. She’s loves to cook and I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving at their house.

So, you can see why I got so emotional while walking to my car after the state volleyball match. I have many people in my life that are very important to me and I’m surrounded by people that I love. God has blessed me beyond measure.

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