Yesterday I took Josh to the football. It was his first ever experience of live Aussie Rules. Unfortunately, I think that he may still be a little young. We arrived an hour before the game and immediately we tucked into the local cuisine – Four-and-Twenty pie and chips! He wolfed the chips down but wasn’t too keen on the pie. He also made light work of the other junk food that his mother had packed in the bag for him.
By the end of the first quarter, he wanted to play games on my iPhone. Towards the end of the second quarter, he wanted to go home to play with his trains! Keep in mind that a quarter of footy lasts almost 30 minutes!
By the end of the 3rd quarter, he was fast asleep. By this time our team was about 40 points behind and after giving away another 2 quick goals in the last quarter, we packed up and left. I had to carry Josh to the station as he was still fast asleep. He woke up as the train arrived. We squeezed on board with the rest of the Essendon fans who had seen enough of their team playing crap football. Within 2 minutes I felt a tug at my sleeve.
“Dad, I need the toilet!”
Great timing! We had to get off at the next stop, relieve the pressure and then wait 10 minutes for the next train home!
Spindoctor(14 July 2010 - 12:22)
Three issues with your posting.
1 – You made the kid barrack for Essendon. Tsk Tsk!
2 – You left the game before the end. Never Never Never, leave a game before the final siren. I’ve been to absolute howlers (one at VFL Park comes to mind), sitting in the rain, 10+ goals down, taunted by opposition fans. It’s a rite of passage to sit through this and shame on you for not instilling it into your son.
3 – Should have started at age 0. Exhibit A – http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenosborne/2768920767/
Seriously. A great post and it’s great when fathers and sons spend time together. I look forward to doing the same in the not-too-distant future.