life, memoir, Sports

This Time of Year

This is the time of year I start to get nostalgic, and sometimes melancholy.

Where I grew up in the Midwest, my family and I spent Sundays watching football. We were die-hard fans, even when our team was losing and the games were blacked out. We listened to them on the radio when that happened. Younger Bears fans probably couldn’t imagine Soldier Field not selling out and subsequent blackouts.

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I write more extensively about this in my short story In the Bears Den with Dad, in my book anthology Rome, Home, and Meatballs (shown upper right). It’s a heart warming tale about the bond between father and daughter, and also a funny scene where I bump into a famous football hero … quite by accident.

Good news, yesterday the Bears won their first game, but they played the Colts so I don’t know if that’s saying much (sorry Colts fans).

The start of football season also meant that Autumn was right around the corner. We don’t have four seasons where I live, and my favorite time of year used to be the fall.

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It won’t be long though, and I’ll be getting away to my home town soon. It’ll be great to watch football with Dad, to experience some crisp weather, and to be in the nurturing presence of Mom. (Can’t forget the great food there either) My parents and husband are my family, and I’m so grateful for them. However, I’m going to miss my sweetheart whoΒ  won’t make it for this trip.

In the mean time, I’ll still be cranking out blogs until I leave. Hopefully I’ll be able to put up a blog or two from there when the time comes.

In the mean time, GO BEARS!

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16 thoughts on “This Time of Year”

  1. Enjoy your stay with your parents and don’t worry too much about the Bears – I like American football too, my team is Seattle’s Seahawks. Love the autumn too .. crisp morning, first frost and the intense colors in the nature. Enjoy your family and what is given to you .. from them.

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    1. Got another week to go before I leave and I’m going crazy already with packing. I will enjoy them, since my parents and Gary (husband) are all the family I have, but I’ll miss my hubby. Thanks for your kind wishes.

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  2. Gotta watch out for you Bears fans!! πŸ™‚ Yup, seasons change once again, and the days into fall are some of the nicest ones of the year no doubt. Can’t help but wax nostalgic. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m happy to hear you are going to visit your family. There is something about football, it’s in our blood more than we consciously realise. When I was a kid, NRL was part of life. Later, from time to time, I’ve followed it less rather than more, but it was always there, with intrinsic familiarity and comfort. We’re coming to the end of our season – our team has done the best it has for years and we’re holding out hopes for the grand final… “go the Bunnies!”. When it’s over, I’ll miss it, so wish you well in yours.

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    1. Hey EllaDee, what a good way to put it, that it has a feeling of familiarity and comfort. Watching it is like coming home. It’s also a nice side entertainment to take us away from our problems for a while. Thanks for sharing your experience with football by you.

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  4. How wonderful that you’re going home to spend time with your mom and dad. (AND that you get some nice crisp air in your future.) I’m not sure about the football passion though. πŸ™‚

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  5. I grew up going to Cleveland Lakefront Stadium to watch the Cleveland Browns play. After moving to NYC, I adopted the NY Giants. Even now, my daughter and I enjoy watching football together; my husband…not so much. Definitely role reversal in our home! Hope you enjoy the crispness of Fall soon! xoM

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    1. Margarita, that’s funny that the women in your family watch football and not your husband. When I moved from Chicago, I didn’t switch teams, although my local team is my 2nd favorite. Glad to meat a fellow female football fan. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the good wishes.

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      1. It’s not so much that I changed teams…it’s that we never get to see the Browns play in our region! It’s so much more fun to watch a game when you care which team wins! πŸ˜‰ xoM

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