Saturday, January 31, 2009

Stay away kids...please?

My girls are coming home tomorrow after spending the last three days with their mother. When they leave, I take a deep sigh of relief and enjoy a little piece and quiet. However, it isn't too long after their departure that I am ready for them to hurry back to me.

Tomorrow isn't one of those days. May God strike me down for even uttering the previous sentence. But, it's true.

Stay away girls... let me have tomorrow all to myself. Let me enjoy the last football game for the next seven months all on my own.

Despite the plea, they will come and take every bit of my attention away from the the big screen TV. Oh, I'll try and watch, but it will be fruitless.

My girls will try and let me enjoy the game. Bless their heart, they really do love me and want me to be happy. But, any attempt on their part will be short-lived.

They will soon forget about Daddy wanting to watch the game and will request to put a puzzle together with me, or go for our Sunday afternoon walk, or cause me to run to the aide of one of them while the others are beating the hell out of her. Just your typical Sunday afternoon fun in my house.

I have tried everything in the past to get them to enjoy a game with me. I make snacks, sit us all down together, and start trying to teach them the game I love. But, it never works.

They ask questions like, "How come they don't just run away from the others guys? They keep running right into them. That's dumb." I have never have the right answer for them and the question keeps coming up.

Or, they start complaining that the cheerleaders aren't on TV enough and it is dumb that they don't get to be on the field. While I agree a little more cheerleader shots would be cool, I certainly don't think they should be the focal point like my girls do.

As hard as it is for me, I am slowly coming to the realization that it might be best to forget about trying to watch the game. You can't get disappointed and upset about them ruining my viewing experience if I don't watch the game.

To those who will be hooting and hollering it up at home or at a party, I say the hell with you. I hope your cable or satellite goes out right before kickoff.

Why should I be the only one to miss the game?

22 comments:

  1. Too funny! My poor husband tries, week after week, to get the girls to watch football with him. Even bought them each a cute pink football jersey (Eagles, sorry...)Works for about 4.5 minutes. If you weren't clear across the country on different time zones, I would say you and he could at least tag-team tomorrow!
    Good Luck!

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  2. Have they asked yet why the football players don't trip over the moving yellow line? I feel for you, I really do.

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  3. ok, you say you've tried snacks... but have you tried NACHOS? cuz... i don't know about you and your girls, but i could be entertained for hours trying to see how much really bad for me crap i can balance on a chip.

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  4. OK, Coach, I'm not buyin' this one. You mean to tell me you couldn't have had them stay with their mom one more day - or just until the game ends?

    I do sympathize with your frustration at their efforts to learn the rules. I once had a girlfriend whom I took to a Dodger game, or actually she took me because we sat in her aunt and uncle's box seats. Anyway, she didn't understand why the run didn't count after the third out, or why the runner had to wait until a fly ball was caught until he could run. She would turn to the lady on the other side of her and say, "Don't you think that's a stupid rule?"

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  5. Wishing you a wonderful day with your girls........with or without the game. :)

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  6. Mr. Earl,
    I wish we could trade days or have them stay later tomorrow... however, we don't venture away from the court order regarding days.

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  7. Haha what a cute post :) When they get older, they will appreciate watching football with dad, I promise. It's one of the things I now look forward to (I'm 21, for the record). Although, I still am puzzled as to how they get the 1st down line to go digitally on the screen and stay in the same position regardless of camera angle. I flood my dad with questions about that non-stop! So although we will watch the game with you, we'll still have questions! :) Which I'm sure you don't mind.. haha.

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  8. Make Tacos...or let them put them together!
    Food that you have to assemble works best for little girls!
    Or smores...Oh God smores!!! I have to go make smores!

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  9. Your girls are adorable. And good luck with the game.

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  10. I have never wanted to give some a High 5 before after they have told me to go to hell, however,
    High Five dude! Good post. I will be watching and enjoying every moment of the game.

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  11. I feel your pain...I just know my son will need something at some point and I will have to decide between being a bad mom or playing the partof a martyr and not getting what I want! Enjoy!

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  12. Kick off any moment now - and I'm wondering whether you are watching or having your nails painted...or both! :)

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  13. Hi! Thanks for visiting me today. Your girls are lovely with such beautiful smiles. Greetings for them!

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  14. Hope you got to watch the game. Football, wasn't it? ;)

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  15. Ummm... I have to side with your girls, at least on the issue of why they run smack into each other. As for the cheerleader thing, frankly, I'm glad they don't show more of the cheerleaders. I've never understood the cheerleader concept.

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  16. Today I watched more of a Super Bowl game than I have in the last 23 put together....Why? Becuase my kids are finally grown up and have stopped asking silly questions :) When this happens you are officially "old!"

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  17. Ok, it's over. Did you get to watch it?

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  18. Look those little beauty-full gals in hat! Being a hat-mania, I'm drawn to their very chic hats, perfetto...

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  19. TIVO.....Dad then you dont have to miss it....you can play with the girls, send them to bed and watch the game. Everyone is happy!!!!!

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  20. ahhhhh, i see some wisdom coming out if this: even the superbowl cannot defeat the power of offspring! i guess reach out to other dads in your situation and have a post superbowl Tivo/Tape party. not the same, but at least you could all be together sharing the dual experience of talking about your kids and how they used to block your game, while getting to review the game on your own time. it could be even more awesome! double camaraderie! :)

    -Steve @ fluxlife

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