Dispatches from Down South
by Kaelee Kramer
Feb 18, 2009 | 7018 views | 0 0 comments | 824 824 recommendations | email to a friend | print
COLD AND LOVIN' IT:  Former Patterson resident Kaelee Kramer (right) and her friends Caylie, Nicole and Courtney strike a pose during a snow day in Texas. Courtesy photo
COLD AND LOVIN' IT:  Former Patterson resident Kaelee Kramer (right) and her friends Caylie, Nicole and Courtney strike a pose during a snow day in Texas. Courtesy photo
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Not exactly Patterson weather

Just a couple of weeks ago, I had my very first snow days. No school — just snow, hot chocolate and friends.

Well, when I say snow, I actually mean ice. The roads are like a newly Zamboni’d ice rink. You know the first time you went ice skating, and you didn’t expect frozen water to be that slippery? Well let me just say I couldn’t count on two hands the number of people I saw biff it over those two days.

The only bad thing about snow days is that we have to practice softball indoors, which isn’t that bad minus the fact that it is an outdoor sport. When classes finally did start up again, study hall homework and practices picked up double time.

Unfortunately, so did the flu.

Yes, I was sick for the first time since I’ve been away from home. I did not think it would be hard, but it makes me miss my own comfy bed and my mom. It reminds me of when I was little and had the flu, and how my mom let me lie on the couch all day and bring me medicine and soup.

Now there is no mercy. I have to get myself up and to class, no matter what.

Thankfully, I’m starting to get better, and my roommate, Courtney, is very helpful when I am not feeling well.

She plays on the softball team with me. We just had our first tournament, and we have a home one coming up Saturday and Sunday. Oh yeah, that reminds me — I hope ya’ll had a happy Valentine’s Day!

I am very excited about our home tournament. I already have my walkup song picked out: “Coming Undone,” by Korn.

It kills me that my dad, Nana and the rest of my family won’t be here to watch me play, but I guess I kind of signed up for that, leaving the state and all.

But Texas life is wonderful. I am meeting so many new people and making some great friends. I can’t wait to go dancing again when Casey Donahew plays at Outskirts in March.

As for dorm life, Courtney, my new friend, Caylie, and I are still causing a ruckus. We’re called the “three stooges” on the sixth floor. The three of us have a joke that we’ll be the old ladies in the nursing home having wheelchair races down the halls.

So long till next time. I’m fixin’ to study some psychology.

Kaelee Kramer is a 2008 Patterson High grad attending Midwestern State University in Texas.
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