Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The Scariest Things Dad Has Ever Seen by Eli
What's the scariest thing you've ever seen, dad?
Grace, age 9, has epic timing.
She asked this question as I watched the quarterback Andrew Luck score on a 10-yard run to put the Indianapolis Colts up 33-14 on my Denver Broncos a few weeks ago. I gritted my teeth, ran my fingers through my hair, and answered, "right now, probably that run right there. That's dang scary."
As always, Grace's question got me thinking.
This, from the kid who's asked if I'd die for her, if cavemen are real, and if a woman who isn't married can get pregnant.
In the spirit of Halloween, here are just a few things that I've ever seen that are pretty downright scary.
The life of a sports writer has its perks, sure: Free access, free meals. Did I mention free meals? I act all grown up and professional, but the 12-year-old in me keeps saying "this.is.so.COOL!" Until the lineman come out of the shower and walk to their lockers. I've learned this is a good time to stare at my shoes.
From a distance, I challenge you – any of you – to make a distinction between porpoise fins and tiger shark fins, especially when you're frolicking on a cheap paddleboard. I saw fins. I did what came naturally: I fled like a scared sea lion. Hey, at least I took you out of the water with me.
I hated this when you were toddlers. I have no problem sending you onto a soccer pitch to play against kids with sharp elbows (who know how to use them), but let you go, as a toddler, on a big-girl playground all by yourself? The thought of it gave me eye twitches and indigestion.
The day you suffered a concussion in a soccer game and had blurry vision? It felt surreal. It was like I was above you, watching the doctor administer concussion tests and medics strapping you to the gurney. Did you know it wasn't until I got in the car to follow you to the hospital that I cried?
So relieved you were fine, and back to your sweet and goofy self in a couple of days. Who else is going to ask me the questions you do? Doing this without you is pretty scary.
Scarier than NFL locker rooms and playful porpoises, that's for sure.
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