Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!

I’ve written numerous times about my mixed marriage. The kids are completely on the fence. They see a G on a car in front of me and yell, “Bulldogs!” or “Georgia for you, Mama!” or they see that AU on a car and say, “Auburn!” Course, Rollie says, “Aubrun,” and Tiller actually says, “Bullgogs.” Which is really cute.

If they see a G and Todd is in the car, they will ask? “Daddy? You like Bulldogs, right?” And we are good parents, who try to consider if certain things we say might interfere with a child’s self-esteem; Who knows if Todd telling Rollie that he doesn’t like GA, when Rollie likes both UGA and Auburn, will harm R’s burgeoning self-worth?

So we lie.

The standard answer for this from Todd is “Yes, I like them. I like Auburn the best, and then my second favorite team is whoever is playing Bama that week, and then Georgia.” Very diplomatic, and not really untrue.

Standard answer from me is also the truth: “Yes, I like Bullgogs first.” “Then Tigers, mama?” I think for a minute.

“Well, Bulldogs first, then Panthers, then Tigers.

Everyone in the car, even my 2-year-old, look at me like I am crazy.

“Panthers? Who are Panthers, mama?”

“Dillon Panthers, baby. Dillon Panthers.”

Yeah, I seriously have a Friday Night Lights problem, and it’s not just about the hot Coach Taylor, either. I cried last night watching them win state in the first season finale. No, I’m not kidding.

Plus, it gives me satisfaction to choose a fictional high school football team over Todd’s Tigers. Always the rivalry exists.

  8 comments for “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!

  1. Anonymous
    June 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I wish I had as much free time in my life as you seem to. Blogging, tv, internet…..must be nice.

  2. Dogwood Girl
    June 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Well, anonymous, why don’t you just go have yourself a pity party. No thanks, I would rather not come.

    Oh, and I also had a morning of shopping and lunch without kids today too.

    How bout them apples?

  3. Erin
    June 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    It could be worse. One of you could be a Gator…

  4. Dogwood Girl
    June 11, 2008 at 1:10 am

    The Gators are infiltrating my inner circle – First mark and now Evan is marrying a Gator.

  5. leelee
    June 11, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Hey! You’re just jealous your babies don’t have a Gator tracksuit.

  6. Dogwood Girl
    June 11, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Our babies are too classy for GAtor track suits.

  7. Anonymous
    June 15, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I love the van (and Mike’s hair). My friend Craig had one back in 1975, we had some kind of earthenware crock in it with some alcoholic drink. We drove it to the drive-in in Wayne,NJ and watched ‘Monty Python”. The flying rabbits looked very big that night! Mary

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