Yesterday afternoon my wife went shopping and I was summoned to daddy duty. Sunday is a very important day for me because of football (Kim, the game that uses the oval looking brown ball, not the football where the hitting is harder in the stands), so it’s paramount that I find something to keep the kids occupied for a good 3-4 hours. For Elli and James, my two oldest kids, the choice was painting and/or the computer. Thankfully James chose the computer while Elli chose painting because when those two want to do the same thing all hell breaks loose and daddy becomes the referee. Amanda is pretty easy to take care of, she either sits on the floor and plays with her toys or she sits on my lap and we play together, nothing to distracting because it will take away from football. That said, Amanda who is now 1 ½ years old (for those who are not familiar with Amanda, she is my youngest who happens to have Down Syndrome) is the easiest to take care of. I whish my other two had her temperament.
I had Amanda on my lap while I was watching the game, we were playing “catch your nose“ when I noticed that she was actually watching the FOOTBALL GAME. She made me so proud, it was like a dream come true. I’m hoping that my son will soon take an interest; he’s only three and is more interested in taking the clothing off of Elli’s Barbies than watching football with his dad. I’m on a mission to get James interested in football so this week I will bring home an official NFL pigskin for us to toss around.
I realize that once Amanda knows better she will forget about football and move on to more productive things, but for now I’m loving the moment.