Tomorrow is the Hawkeye's first home football game of the season against Northern Iowa.
Traffic was already congested this morning around the hospital and Kinnick Stadium as pre-tailgaters begin their tailgating mayhem with coolers of beer, tents of fried food, and wagons of Hawkeye apparel. Black and gold flags flapped in the brisk morning wind atop the stadium, heralding the start of the season. On the way to preschool, I told Adelaide the story of how she charmed a bus full of weary travelers by shouting "Gooooooooo Hawkeyes!" as we drove by the stadium one afternoon a little over one year ago.
When we arrived at school, everyone was already gathered in the front room for Circle Time, listening to Renee (one of the Grown-Ups, as Adelaide calls her) read a story. Typically, the story is a favorite from children's literature, like The Hungry Caterpillar or Curious George, but today's story was entitled Hello Herky! and discussed the finer points of Iowa football fandom.
The recitation of Hello, Herky! concluded with a rousing - and I mean rousing - chorus of 2 - 5 year-olds shouting the Iowa Fight Song. To my utter disbelief and surprise, Adelaide sang-shouted along!