In the midst of all of our fall busy-ness, we decided to take a trip to Oxford, Mississippi to visit the K's parents. It turned out that the only weekend that was kid-sports free was the weekend of November 15th. And, as luck would have it, Ole Miss was scheduled to play Troy (the college in Alabama, not the city in ancient Greece, or the movie starring Brad Pitt) that weekend, too. Since we were there, we decided to watch the game and (almost more importantly) allow the kids to experience the Ole Miss Grove tailgating scene.
|All dressed for the game. The Baby picked out her outfit at|
University Sporting Goods before the game. She looked adorable;
like an Ole Miss elf.
1. Chandeliers - Yes. People have chandeliers hanging from their tent supports. Sometimes they even have blue and red crystals. (School colors, y'all).
2. Fancy Clothes - Yes. The undergrads are all dressed up for the game. The boys wear blazers, khakis, and bow ties. The girls wear dresses and heels and carry boots in their bags to change into once they've had too many cocktails to walk in heels or their feet start to hurt.
|I love this picture of Collins and Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side)|
modeling Ole Miss game day attire for Southern Living.
No offense to Lily Collins and Sandra Bullock,
but I think the real Collins and Leigh Anne
are at least as beautiful as the actresses who played them in the movie.
4. Catering - Yes. There are catering companies that will stake out a place for you in the Grove and set up your tent, tables, and all your food for you. This is what alumni must resort to once they can no longer ask pledges to get up at 3 am to set up their tents.
5. Confederate Flags - Nope. I didn't see a one.
6. Diversity - Some. Look, my basis of comparison is Rutgers, which is probably the most racially diverse college in the country. Compared to Rutgers, Ole Miss has a ways to go. However, there were definitely students of different races wandering around the Grove drinking game days and looking a little bleary.
7. Colonel Reb - Yes. Even though the old man who resembles a plantation master is no longer the official mascot of Ole Miss, people still love the geezer. I saw a ginormous Colonel Reb inflatable right in the middle of the Grove.
|The Girl and me.|
|The Baby and the Boy watching the game with Papa.|
|View from the box.|
|Sisterly love...or something like that.|
|One friend said that the Baby looks like Mariah|
Carey on tour in her Uggs ($40 at Marshall's)
The kids were initially super excited, but then got kind of jaded and blasé about the whole thing in the same way I did when my parents first got a car with air conditioning and an FM radio. At first I thought it was so fancy to have a car with such extravagant bells and whistles, but pretty quickly I got used to those features and longed for something better - like a car with power windows. Now, that would have been big time! It was basically the same thing with the plane. At first they were checking out the swiveling seats and the "free" snack refrigerator, but it wasn't too long before they were asking, "are we almost there, yet?" just like they would have in the car. I thought it was fabulous and enjoyed reading all the rich-people magazines that were chock full of information I'll never use like the top restaurants in Dubai and gift recommendations for $45,000 wooden valet stands.
So, basically our trip to Mississippi was like a missing verse to the song "Royals." There were private planes, crystal chandeliers and silver at the tailgates, and we were hanging out in a private box at a football game. I can promise, though, that I never saw a tiger on a gold leash. I mean, it's not like we were at LSU!