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Forgetting the phone

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sometimes I think this is something one should do on purpose.

Yesterday I took advantage of a kind offer by a friend who had extra tickets to the last home game of our local University's women's basketball team. "Just in time", I picked up kid sis ALICIA363 to use one of the extra tickets, since the friend who gave them to us wasn't able to come herself.

Anyway, in the shuffle of getting there, parking, and finding our way into the arena, I managed to leave my phone (you know the one that is really a computer in your pocket, that takes pictures and distracts us from our surroundings at times) in the car! I did not notice until we had already handed over our tickets and almost reached our seats. I did that thing we do, checking for "wallet, glasses, keys, and phone"... and... no phone!

Which of course means no selfies for proof of presence at the event (you know what the millennial generation says... no photo means it didn't happen). Did not matter. Had a great time. Our team won on Senior Day, decisively... and demonstrated sportsmanship at the end... they've certainly been on the other side of lop-sided games themselves. They made a deliberate foul to take the seniors out, and put in the Freshmen. Then did not hustle to force the other team to foul in the last 30 seconds, but held it for the clock to count down the last 12 seconds.

Sportsmanship is something I highly prize, and one of the reasons I love the community in which I live is that it is taught. Grace in winning, grace in losing. The other team, another midwestern school, was similarly gracious in their loss.

Civility. Yes, refreshing.

Following the game, I retrieve the forgotten phone, to find that kid sis had posted the requisite selfie at the game, proof that we went! emoticon

And then I got an extra treat, in that SPINNINGJW was in town for another purpose, and while she had declined the invitation to the game, she was up to visit with her old creaky sister (me)... and we went out to supper while playing catch up on one another's well-being and families. She's on the road this morning, back to her now home state, in North Dakota.

Yes, we all should forget the phone from time to time, and give ourselves literal face time with loved ones.

Now let's head out and live the best Sunday, February 23, 2020 we can manage, wherever we are on our journey of life. Let us take good care of ourselves, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Because we are worth it, every one of us.

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