Wow, fall kicks off again. Today was an absolutely beautiful day. Bright blue sky, fluffy white clouds. Gentle breezes and not too warm.
It was also the home opener for the Chicago Bears. Now I am a football fan, I follow my Bears, I watch the games, but Robert, now he was the definition of SUPERFAN. He had more Bears shirts, sweatshirts and jerseys than I can count. He lived in Bears gear year round, between that and patriotic t-shirts, that was the bulk of his wardrobe. Munchkin had his first Bears jersey at 3 months old for the season opener of 2007. Sunday afternoons were dedicated to football--in an almost obsessive way. I have some pretty awesome memories that revolve around football.
So this morning, I dressed munchkin in a new bears shirt (last years was way too small) and we went about our day. Sometimes I am just reminded how different our life is now. If Robert was still here, we would have had an all out party to watch the game...likely would have even tailgated. It would have been fun, really fun. But that is not the life we live now.
We will likely have some parties centered around football complete with uncles and papa, but not today. I could not fathom being inside when it was so beautiful out--especially knowing that in a few short weeks the falling leaves and mold will keep us inside until we get a hard freeze--so we spent the afternoon at the park and I caught the scores of the game on my phone.
But, munchkin ran around with glee and abandon--he made new friends and showed off his new found skill of going across the monkey bars at warp speed. And it was fun, and it was great--really great. And somehow seeing the joy in munchkin's face above his Bears t-shirt was enough. For that I am thankful.