Today is Super Bowl Sunday all across America and that makes me love today all the more. Is it because I am an avid football enthusiast? No, and I mean heck no, I cannot follow the plays and calls to save my life. Still, I love football game parties because they mean delicious sustenance for both the tongue and the heart.
Tonight our little family of four with gather with two other families to watch the Super Bowl. There will be a six year old, three two year olds and our newly one year old son all doing laps around the house, having spats over toys and begging for more dessert. It will be loud and adult conversations will get interrupted time and time again, yet still I love family football parties because they nourish me and they boldly define my life stage. Gone are the days of nodding off in front of the game because of boredom and a few too many beers and guacamole. Yet these new and slightly chaotic family gatherings don’t stress me out, but they nourish me deeply.
Tonight, three mothers and three fathers will connect with each other over chili dogs and children. Our opportunities to savor time together are fewer and farther between now, and so gatherings such as these sustain our need to chat, chase and be reminded that we are in this race together. I’m looking forward to my friend Hannah’s sinful onion dip and Abby’s decadent peanut butter brownies, but more than that I’m just looking forward to laughing and sharing an evening with the women who brought the food and bring themselves into my life time and time again.
I am assuming the men will do some sort of side by side manly bonding that I can’t pretend to grasp onto, and that’s okay because I’m not, nor do I really want to be a man. Too much hair and testosterone for me. So I love football parties because, yes I love anything enjoyed on a chip, but mostly because I love the way that football parties leave me feeling full. The sort of sustaining full that will make this week of days spent with babies less lonely.
So today I’m thankful for the Super Bowl and for all the potential it holds for connection and chaos.
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