Sometime last year, my 10-year-old son decided he loved football. After years of watching (and loving) football by myself, Will's decision to watch (and love) the game was a pleasant surprise. One that made me very, very happy!
You should know that Will's teacher is from Wisconsin and is a HUGE Packers fan. Every time the Packers win, she rewards the class with a special treat, usually of the sugary variety. At first, I thought maybe his new-found love of football was so that he could intelligently discuss the game on Monday with his teacher and friends, but nope, he's genuinely interested in it! I LOVE that!!
Last Sunday, we were both excited about the playoff games and we made a "date" to come home from church and watch the Colts/Chargers, and then the Cowboys/Giants together. Will decided that we needed some "junk" food to enhance our viewing pleasure, so the two of us made a quick trip to the grocery store and loaded up on chips, soda, and beef jerky (his fave!) then came home and sat together in the recliner and watched some football. We both nearly cried when the Colts lost, and one of us nearly cried later when the Cowboys lost.
We've been looking forward all week to the AFC and NFC Championship games, and last night we made plans to have another football date this afternoon. We made a repeat trip to the store to load up on junk food, and came home and have been watching football non-stop. The girls are off having fashion shows with their American Girl dolls, and John has been reading manuscripts in between judging the fashion shows. But Will and I have been cozied up in the recliner, by the nice warm fire, enjoying the last few games of the season! I love sharing moments like this with my son! I love getting to explain some of the game to him, I love seeing him get excited when his team runs the ball toward the end zone, and seeing him get upset when they fumble or throw an interception. I LOVE this game, and hope that Will and I will have many more afternoons like this in our future!