I wanted to update all of you on how last night impacted some North Salem High Schoolers lives.
At 4:30 yesterday afternoon myself and 8 other chaperons/leaders stood in a parking lot with about 50 kids waiting to leave for the game last night. Several of the leaders helped paint faces with red and black, others frantically called parents trying to get permission slips signed over the phone, I was busy making sure no illegal items (to the bus driver this meant food or drink of any kind) were brought on board. It was chaotic, and yet as I looked around not a single face was without a smile.
As we neared the Rose Garden, driving over the I-5 bridge, every kid was on their feet trying to look out at downtown Portland. "That's so beautiful." "Wow, it really looks like that." "I see the Rose Garden!" I found out from some of the students it was their first time ever being to Portland. Imagine that, living 48 minutes away from Portland and seeing it for the first time as a 17 year old...
Getting to the game I had to literally hold back some of the kids from just running in side. We were waiting to get our tickets from Will Call, and the kids could barely contain themselves. As we held out tickets to each student they leaped, looking at their seat numbers, getting into groups, rushing for the turnstiles. We headed up the escalator as a mob. Students heads spinning as if they were a Merry go Round. Eyes wide, mouths dropped. I'm guessing some of them had never been around that many people in one building. And we were just in the lobbies...
Three of the guys slipped though a crack in the mass of humanity and got ahead of our group. Oblivious, or not, that they were leaving us behind. I jogged through the curtain, separating hallway from arena, trying to catch up with the three speedsters I had been following, and ran right into them. One look at the filled Rose Garden had stopped them dead in their tracks, awestruck as they tried to comprehend what they were seeing. I've never seen these 3 individuals so still. Then a Blazer dancer was spotted and life was back in motion. Aah the teenage boy...
After finding our seats most of the game I felt similar to the Lebron and Kobe Puppets from the NBA commercials. Remember the first time Lil Dez shows up? For a quick reminder. Thats what most of the kids were like all night long. I was continually assaulted with: "Where is Oden?" "Why isn't he at the game?" "I see Roy! Look there in the brown suit!" "What was that call?" "Whyd they stop the game?" "Who is number 8?" "Did you see Aldridge's dunk?"
All night long. It was amazing. I have never seen these kids so excited about anything. I'm not sure a truck full of horse tranquilizer could have slowed them down.
So, thanks again Edgers
You made my week.
You made their month.
ps. I don't have my camera atm but Ill try to posts some smiling faces soon.
EDIT: I have decided to not post pictures of the kids. I read Dave's thought on keeping kids safe by not posting pics of them and I agree with his sentiments. I apologize to all those waiting for the pics, but when Students/Minors are involved its just not a good idea. Thanks again to all of Blazersedge!!