Family road trip to Ohio this week-end. We had planned a get together with the grandparents, and then found out a niece would be competing in a gymnastics competition in Cleveland so we diverted the trip and met there. She did great and it was fun to watch her compete.
I told the kids a story along the way. I went to Ohio State (a long time ago). A friend of mine in Atlanta said he has two people living on his street who graduated from Ohio State. I commented that it was quite a coincidence. He then said “Not really. Ohio State graduates more people every year than any other school in the country so everywhere you go in the U.S., you can find someone who went to Ohio State.” I don’t know if either fact is true, but it sure is a good story.
I then told them another anecdote about Ohio. It is said that anywhere you go in the U.S., if you yell out “O-H”, someone will yell back “I-O”. No more, no less. This is the chant at the Ohio State stadium, Ohio residents are all Ohio State fans, and Ohio is a very populated state. So the chant is well-known. My kids think I make things up.
So at lunch, out of the blue, my son says softly “O-H” and right on cue, he hears back “I-O”. Okay, we were in Ohio. But I still think it holds true. Not only the chant, but Ohio fans do the Ohio stance where four people make the letters O-H-I-O. And then they take pictures and share them. Now can you do that with any other state?
One more trivia fact about Ohio – the age-old joke – what’s round on the ends and high in the middle? OHIO.
I am sad to say we went all that way to Cleveland, Ohio and did not make it to Malley’s Chocolate Factory. It was right there…and we were right there. What were we thinking?