Riley is our youngest Son. He was born in July and went to his first Football Game before he was even a month old. Needless to say, he has literally grown up on the Football Field. It’s not hard to believe that his passion is Football.
When he was only in Kindergarten, he told me, “Mommy, I am going to be just like Tim Tebow and play football for the University of Florida.” While most kids played with cars or legos, Riley would spend hours making up plays for his imaginary team. After writing down all the X’s and O’s, he would run the plays up and down our hallway.
This is Riley’s 5th year playing Football and year after year, he watched his brother’s teams go to the playoffs and his team never made it. Well, his time finally came….Riley’s first playoff game was yesterday and what a game it was!
The celebration started when we scored with just over a minute left in the game. That quickly turned into heartache as the other team ran back the kickoff. Off to OT. It was 4th down and 3 yards to go and they gave the ball to Riley. He was stopped and then out of nowhere, we saw the ball come out of the pile as he stretched the ball across the goal line for the winning TD just like you would see on TV on Sundays.
It was one of those moments that a Mother will never forget. What is better than watching 9 and 10 year olds work so hard to achieve Victory?
I have always said that my kids have learned the greatest life lessons from playing sports. Riley learned today to never give up, if you work at something hard enough, your day will come.
Playoffs were on Sunday and you all know how Important Sunday Supper is in our home. I had planned on making Bifes a Portuguesa (Portuguese Beef) when we got home. We were having such a great day at the Football Field, everyone was hungry. We did something that we rarely do. We hit the concession stand!
Did I lose my mind? Here it is a Sunday, I can’t stand the processed and fried food that is sold at most Concession Stands…Did I get so caught up in this win that I actually agreed to have Sunday Supper at the Football Field? Yep, I did!
And guess what? This ” foodie” was shocked. This concession stand had a Chicken Sandwich that was to die for. Not your chicken patty kind of sandwich but a real chicken breast that was grilled in front of my own eyes, then cubed and topped with peppers and onion, served on a fresh bun.
America’s food culture is changing. As a Mom that has spent the last 13 years at sports fields, my heart swelled. Finally there are options for our children that include real chicken and fresh vegetables. This is a true Victory for our Nation.
The Family Table can be anywhere as long as it full of love and good food. Although my heart remains Around the Family Table in our home, every once in a while, there are exceptions for Sunday Supper. Especially when they involve Memories that will last a lifetime.
We were all exhausted when we got home, but being the Football Family that we are, continued to watch the games. What a day to be just like Tebow….Riley and Tim Rocked this Sunday!