Football season is not over – for the nation and for the Moore family. Aaron is still enjoying the game whenever we have it on………..and he still has interesting and varied insights. Yesterday I had football on while I wrapped Christmas presents. Aaron’s eyes lit up when he walked into the family room and saw the familiar Chiefs on the screen. Up to his room he clomped and soon returned, wearing his pajamas………..it doesn’t matter what time of day it is – football is better watched while wearing comfy pajamas. He also was dragging his worn, fuzzy blanket to put over his legs; his clock that tells the outside temps (read my past football blogs!); his bowl of Mike and Ikes; and his water bottle. It takes him awhile to get settled…………..ottoman just right, blanket repeatedly shaken and smoothed and placed just right, the clock put where he can see it and keep track of the ever important outside temps. And once he’s finally settled, he’ll remember something that he didn’t bring or do, and off comes the perfectly placed blanket as he gets up to accomplish a task…………only to return and repeat the whole process again. I am exhausted by the time he is finally settled.
Then come the questions and the comments. “Mom, who are the Chiefs playing?” I tell him they’re playing the Green Bay Packers, and then of course he wants assurance that I’m still “voting” for the Chiefs. He makes his usual observations about the players with long hair, etc.
“Mom, what’s that stuff they squirt in their mouths out of that bottle?” It’s usually water, Aaron. And he laughs and says, “Oh, I thought it was mouthwash!” Some of the players may wish that it was.
One of the Packers had a leg injury and was finally driven off the field with his leg all bound in a brace. Aaron watched that with particular interest. “Mom, when that guy was hurt, they moved his leg and he acted like he didn’t like it.” I’m sure he didn’t like it at all, Aaron – it hurt!
“And then that bulldozer thing came in and picked him up!” I have images of injured players being scooped up with bulldozers. Disturbing – and funny!
We finished the Chiefs game and turned the channel to the Broncos and Patriots. Aaron determined that I was voting for the Broncos and he turned his attention to the symbols on their helmets. He always wants to know what the symbols stand for and I often find myself unable to fully explain it. Google, Aaron, google! As he saw the Broncos helmets, he said, “So why do the Broncos have a dog on their helmets?” No, Aaron, it’s a horse – a Bronco.
“Oh, and so the Chiefs have a spear.” That would be an arrow. Remember ARROWhead Stadium that we’ve seen in Kansas City? Arrow……..spear…………who cares, right?
He heard the announcers talking about Tim Tebow and the Tebow effect, etc. Finally Aaron asked, “So they keep talking about Tebow. What’s that?!”
What’s that? Indeed! Let me tell you about an awesome football player, Aaron!
And so the afternoon went until Aaron lost interest, had no more insights or questions, got up and went on his way to occupy himself with his computer. Funny how quite it is when he’s gone.
Kinda boring, too. Is that a bulldozer on the field?!