I am a pretty good dad. We have two boys, the Math Major is now 20 and the Manchild is 15. Both of them are smarter than hell, and they and I get along better than my dad and I did. One measure is the visiting. When my folks split up, I liked being in my own room, so visiting my Dad wasn’t that big a deal. Our boys came up every weekend, unless school got in the way.
However, since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, there is one time I scare them and they really don’t want to be around me.
It’s the Cougar Football games. Either on TV or the radio, I get totally wrapped up. I shout with joy when we score.
Editors note: There are certain things that can be passed down from father to son. My dad was a drill sergeant in the Army. That man’s voice could carry for MILES. I know, because there were many times i was on the receiving end of “the voice” My voice has this carrying capacity So when I yell “TOUCHDOWN!” the windows rattled.
In addition to windows rattling it’s loud enough to make children cry. Lord, then when we screwed up F-bombs slipped out, as well as every other 4 letter word you can think of totally not appropriate for children.
Editors note 2: I was sober for 99% of these games. I didn’t like drinking in front of the kids when they were little. It’s just the emotions get wrapped up in with the Cougs, the ups and downs. I honestly get to the end of the games physically and mentally exhausted.
Luckily Michelle, being an OSU Beaver fan, has the same issues. My yelling doesn’t bother her.
I tell yall this, after a COUGAR loss today, because I went to a plan B today. I wanted to try to control the yelling, so I came up with a plan. I took the radio outside. Had the game going, but I also kept myself busy! Wood stacking! Here was the pile at the beginning.
There was nothing stacked when I started, but when I finally stopped, after a VERY exciting and painful game, the pile is now MUCH smaller.
And the wood now looks like this!
I still yelled, cringed, complain and cussed, but I was outside and I had an outlet for the pain! And I was productive! I am still exhausted, and the loss still hurt, but instead of spending the day inside yelling and scaring children, I am way ahead of the winter prep schedule!.
For the record, I expect my guys to get blown out of the water today, we held our own till a late game interception in the red zone! I know have hopes for a decent football year.
The down side, by the next game, I will have no more wood to stack… Quick! Somebody save the children!
- And It’s ANOTHER COUGAR FIRST DOWN! (mountainstroh.com)