The Ash House is little football crazy right now. It all started a few months ago…
Sunday afternoons are usually the day when my husband comes home from church and wants to relax on the couch and watch football.
For awhile he’d try to get our boys to watch it with him, but their attention span just wasn’t long enough. But a few months ago, our 6 year old, Karston, really started to get into it. And he actually caught on to how to play rather quickly (in fact, much quicker than me…I think I just learned how football works about 2 years ago, and there are still things that confuse me).
As of 1 month ago, Karston would have told you his teams are the Dolphins and Ohio State. We don’t have cable, so by default, the team we mostly watch is the Miami Dolphins, because they are one of the few teams shown on regular tv. And Ohio State, because I am from Ohio (go Buckeyes!). In fact, he used to say that he wanted to play football for Ohio State!
Because Karston is 100% into football now (and I mean it!), he has been invited with his dad to attend football parties! We have some really close friends that are swaying his loyalty away from the Dolphins and the Buckeyes…now he is a Broncos and Auburn fan! He’ll even tell you he wants to play football at Auburn now. Really? Where’s the love?
You would think that a 6 year old wouldn’t be able to sit through an entire football game…but our 6 year old does. Actually, he does not sit. He is jumping and running and cheering and yelling and even crying when his team makes a mistake. By half time, he is already soaked with sweat! It is absolutely one of my favorite things – watching Karston watching football. I’ve had to learn to get into football more the past few months. He asks me all sorts of questions…”Who is the best player, mommy?” “Who is the quarterback for this team?” “What does a lineman do?” I don’t have very many answers for him unfortunately…he usually has to save those questions for his daddy. When he’s not asking questions, he is reliving a game or a play or something related to football…he talks football all day long. Lately, he has even been having a hard time falling asleep because he can’t stop thinking about football.
The Auburn game is over, yet he is still talking about it and how he doesn’t like Florida State. With the big Broncos game coming up this Sunday, he is a little “worried” (as he describes it) that the Broncos won’t win against the Patriots all because of “that quarterback.” (I had to look up who the Patriots quarterback is). He is pretty excited about watching the game this Sunday.
He can’t wait to get his chance to actually play football. I told him maybe this summer we could find a team for his age.
In the meantime, our backyard family football practice will have to do. Karston is doing really well catching the football on a run. His younger brother, Bryden…we’ll keep practicing with him!