Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Football and Family

My grandfather is the handsome fella, second row down, far left. Someday I will write more about him and scan my original image of this.

I try to plan my Sunday’s around watching football, eating, and drinking. And everyone here hates me for it.

I feel like this is something I’ve been doing my entire life. But when I look back at my childhood, I don’t really remember doing this often. The only time I really remember watching football is when we watched the Super Bowl.

I think it was because my mother never really liked watching football. Her father – my grandfather – was a member of the Washington Redskins coaching staff from 1967-1969. Sometime after that he spent his time traveling and scouting for the NFL. I remember my mother saying to me at one point that although she had some good locker-room memories of when her father was with Washington, she felt like she missed out on a lot of time with her dad when he was scouting.

And so, although we watched football (how else could I know what I do about football?), there was no pomp and circumstance like there is in my house now.

Even though I’m the only one who cares about it.

But the relationship between football and my family has changed in recent years. As we have become more interested in it, my mother has become more interested, or at least pretended. No, I think the Sunday and early Monday texts regarding football are evidence that she does in fact, enjoy it.

What once provided a division in our family life has now become a binder.

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  1. says

    I grew up in the DC area and was always a Redskins fan because my dad was. In fact, I bet he knows who your grandfather is!

    I’m still not a football fan but we will turn on the Superbowl today just because!

  2. elaineR.N. says

    Could care less about the game, but like the party atmosphere of SuperBowl. I had season tickets to the Bengals when Iived in Cincinnati, but really didn’t care whether they won or lost, except for the fun stuff that happened if they were in the playoffs. Didn’t happen very often.

  3. says

    Very nice, Laine. That is very cool about your grandfather and great that you’ve carried on the tradition. I love watching it as well. And on Saturday when college football is in full swing.

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