It’s my favorite day of the Monday-Friday week! (Okay, maybe the second best but only because c’mon…. Friday rules.) It’s true though, I seriously love Mondays because it means that I get to connect with all of you for the absolute best reason: grateful hearts. THE BEST.
Today, I am grateful for tradition. As the holidays quickly approach, I’m sure we’ll all be reflecting back on some of our favorite traditions and how we might continue to make them a part of this year. I definitely have some holiday tradition favorites (another post for another day) but there is one fall tradition that is at the very top of my favorites list: the annual Father/Daughter Purdue Football Game.
#BoilerUP (These are our ‘game faces’)
I look forward to this day each year and I don’t know how, but I swear each year gets better than the last and becomes my new favorite Purdue game memory with my dad. If you follow college football, particularly Big 10 football, you already know that the Boilermakers aren’t the best team in the midwest right now (although with such a young team, just give ’em a few years and they’ll get really good, right dad?) (He says that every year.) But it wouldn’t matter if they won every game or lost every game, the time is special because it’s spent with my dad, and this is what we do.
We “get” this time, in that we have a mutual understanding of how fun and important it is and even though we both have heard each other’s college stories numerous times, we still retell them year after year, laughing just as hard (and maybe harder) than the last time we’d heard them. We’ve experienced it all: rain and sleet and freezing cold wind – shivering up in the stands next to all of the other crazy (awesome) Boiler fans, maybe cheering a little more than we usually would just so we can stand up and move around a little. Or the times it’s been so sunny and hot that we’ve already acquired a sunburn before halftime. And you can’t forget about those absolutely PERFECT fall, football game weather days… where the air is crisp but not too cold. This past weekend was a mix between perfect and cold 😉
We got a little extra bonus though on Saturday when we got to go onto the field before the game started, proudly wearing our “all access” passes, feeling like a couple of bad (rhyming here.) 😉
Each year we’ll spend a good 10 minutes at the beginning of our day talking about the weather, whatever it’s like that day and always comparing it to the year before. We always, always toast with my dad’s famous Bloody Marys, always followed with a Bud Light, and then pre-game with chips & salsa or chili. We always visit my dad’s fraternity – the Fiji House – and I think we each pretend we’re back in college… if only for a few minutes. We always sit in the same seats – 27th row up, on the 50 yard line (it’s a perfect view), always sitting next to the same guy, whose wife makes Touchdown Cookies (which have since become anything-good-Purdue-does Cookies), but what’s more is that we always have THE BEST TIME, and will tell each other this the entire way home. Every. single. year.
Purdue lost last weekend, but that’s not what I’ll remember in the years to come. My favorite game-day memories are those little big moments, spent with him, laughing the same way we laughed together when I was his little girl. And I still am… just a bit taller these days 😉
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