Last night was the state high school football championship where our town’s team would be playing. Now, I am NOT a sports fan at all, and would much prefer to stay home and clean the bathroom, but since my husband really wanted to go and the event was local and indoors I decided to make it a family event. It helped that we ended up going with our neighbors so my youngest daughter and I would have others to talk to if we got bored. As it turned out, I actually enjoyed the game and understood most of what was going on. Not that I want to go to another sports event anytime soon.
Sometimes it is good to put aside dislikes and bad attitudes for the sake of a family experience. If you can do this, no matter how the experience turns out, it can be one of those bonding events. It is nice to let the kids try new things, to let our children decide for themselves what they like without our attitudes coloring their experiences. They deserve to have minds of their own. That said, please don’t ask me to go camping.
Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), poetry, and cats