I knew I married a football loving man when I said yes over a decade ago. I knew I married a Vikings loving, yell at the TV, and plan everything around Vikings games man. From our first face to face encounter with him in his old grey long sleeved Vikings t-shirt, getting down on one knee in that same shirt, and hiking in it on our honeymoon... I was well aware that the Vikings were closely linked to my forever man.
Once baby boy #1 came I assumed this Vikings obsession would slightly start to fade a bit. But it seemed Someone had bigger plans for this family of mostly boys and their love of the game.
We took Jaxon to his first game by the time he was two. And they both loved every single minute of it.
By the time Jax was 4, Dave had already planned a weekend up in MN to treat his football loving boy to a boys weekend of hotel and NFL game fun. Let the tradition begin.
Every end of summer/early fall Dave plans a weekend up to the city for each boy...some love the hotel stay more then the actual football, but either way... they go for the game and this always brings them together.
Jax especially has found his Dad's love for this team. This game. This way of living.
Even Mom gets included every few years...
So to write a post on the last ever game at my guy's beloved Metrodome is a little sad. Seems a little weird that its over.
At the time, I didn't know what that small yes would turn into for our family...
If having boys has taught me anything, it is this...Boys, as sweet and gentle as we may want them to be...are made for action. They love through action. Action is the love language of boys. Whether you are playing the game or hiking down a hill or swimming across the lake, boys know you love them when you move with them.
I've watched my boys drive mile after mile back and forth, season after season to experience the thrill of this game.
They've worn the colors, yelled the cheers, sang the songs, and even when they returned home with a loss... they get suited up again and head back up there.
We tried to count all the people Dave has included in this yearly event. The beauty of having cheap seats is that he always was able to sell a couple games and totally pay for his season...often times more then pay for his season tickets.
Whether it was one of you or one of my boys, my husband shared his passion for this game and this team like no other.
The seats have been a good excuse to build my son's relationship with their Dad.
The players have been a good reason to yell and scream and cheer together in a way only boys do over a game.
My husband has shared his passion with many by simply saying yes to the cheap seats...him in his sweet spot, leaning against his wall, season after season... hearts being poured into while my boys all found a love for the game and each other.
I'm super thankful for my Vikings loving husband and his heart for sharing his seats.
I'm super thankful these seats have served my boys well over the years.