Kid Quote of the Day: Nick, age 4: “Mom, I didn’t get to use the computer yet today, or even yesterday, or even the day when it wasn’t yesterday yet!”
Yes, you are indeed looking at a photo of Brett Favre’s mother with her arm around the shoulder of my dear mother-in-law (Mom #2, as she refers to herself in email messages to me, though she’s my #1 mother-in-law). Nope, it wasn’t doctored a bit, except for the lovely words Bev added. It’s the real deal, and it was taken just a few days ago in Mississippi, where my Mom #2 was visiting her #1 daughter near her home in Mississippi. What’s really cool about this, I think, is that this crossing happened at the crux of Mrs. Favre’s son’s fabulous football career, in those hyped-up days leading to the incredible playoff game that was to (and did) occur in Favre’s hometown territory this evening.
I wanted to save this photo for today, being that it’s Mama Mondays and it seemed awfully appropriate and well-timed. I knew it would have a lot of meaning, too, with that much-anticipated Vikings v. Saints game just having ended. Even though we in Vikings territory are more than a little bummed at the outcome, it was an exciting year for Vikings football fans. They gave our corner of the world a lot to get pumped up about.
But I need to come clean: I’m not die-hard football fan. I tried quite a few years ago but discovered my husband has enough enthusiasm for the game to cover the entire household. Somehow, in order to balance things out, I felt it necessary to fade into the background during football season. Generally, I pop in when it counts the most — the final quarter or so. By then I have a feel for what could happen and rarely feel as though I’ve missed anything important. During the first quarters, I generally get a lot accomplished around the house. Tonight, for example, I did about five loads of laundry while the Vikes were sweating it out on the field and my husband was doing likewise in front of the tube.
In the end, it was Troy, our daughters and I who huddled around the TV biting our fingernails in the final minutes. Wow! What an exciting game. Tough to take the ending, but it truly is just a game; gotta keep it all in perspective. Life goes on. Favre had an awesome year, it’s hard to dispute that.
Besides, I have this photo to remind me of a remarkable season, and two remarkable women who had the incredible chance to meet just days before the big game. We saw Bonita on TV tonight and it was a bit surreal to think she’d been with Mom #2 only days before. This definitely comes close to topping Troy’s brush with Eddie Van Halen about a year ago, and even my mingling with Heloise this past fall.
But seriously…look at how these two lovely ladies are touching. Even though they’d just met a short time before, you can see a connection there. Bev admitted she was rather starstruck, but also heartened by the fact that Bonita seemed relieved to have a few Vikings fans in her “camp.” So, you can bet the smiles on their faces are genuine.
Many might say my Mom #2 was extraordinarily lucky to have met Brett Favre’s mother, and at this particular juncture in history to boot. But I say she’s the lucky one to have met Bev, who will always be one of the classiest and most star-quality-worthy ladies in my book.
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