Super Bowl Dreams

February 7, 2012

Living near Indianapolis all we have heard about for the past few weeks is the Super Bowl. There have been hoards of people invading the state and downtown Indianapolis has been packed with wall-to-wall people. And not just any people, but lots of celebrities like Adam Sandler, John Travolta, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Jessica Simpson and even Ryan Gosling. Everything was so booked and there were no hotel rooms available so people started renting out their houses and apartments for thousands of dollars a night. It’s been a crazy few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl and Ethan has been excited even though his favorite team, The Indianapolis Colts, didn’t make it this year.

A few days before the big game, Ethan came into the kitchen and said, “Hey Mom! I had a dream last night that I got to go to the Super Bowl and that the Giants won.”

“That sounds like a great dream, but I’m sorry that there’s only a chance of half of it coming true.” I replied.

“You don’t think the Giants are going to win?” he asked

“Ummm …. I don’t know – they might, but the part that I was talking about not coming true is us going to the Super Bowl.” I explained

“Well, this one kid in my class is going to the Super Bowl with his Dad. I wish I could go too!” he pouted trying to convince me how much his life and well-being depended on attending this one special event.

“Ethan, I wish I could take you, but the tickets are VERY expensive and we just don’t have that kind of money.”

“They are only around $250.00. I think we could all go –the whole family! It would be so much fun!” he excitedly said as he bounced around the kitchen.

“No, that is for the regular season games, but the Super Bowl tickets are much more expensive. I think they would be like $1000 or more. Come with me and we will check it out online”

As I went to my computer to pull up some tickets on eBay, he continued, “It’s really pretty easy Mom. I saw a commercial on TV and all you have to do is give them your Visa card and then they give you the Super Bowl tickets. You have a Visa card, don’t you?”

“Look here Ethan, for just 4 of our 6 family members to attend the Super Bowl it would cost $13,400!” I showed him – shocked at how high the tickets actually were. “For that much money we could go on a really nice vacation and take everyone in the family.”

“A vacation to where?” he asked.

“Well for $13,000 we could go just about anywhere! Hawaii, Europe or anywhere we wanted. We could even probably stay a couple weeks with that much money.”

He thought for a few minutes and then said, “OK, I’ll take the vacation to Hawaii – let’s do that instead.”

I laughed, “Ethan I don’t HAVE $13,000 … I was just saying IF we were rich and IF I had $13,000 that I would rather spend it on a nice vacation for the family than to go to the Super Bowl. But since I don’t have that kind of money we aren’t going to the Super Bowl and we aren’t going on vacation to Hawaii – sorry sweetie.”

He seemed disappointed, but then said, “Well, that’s OK. We will just watch the game here at home. I can see better on the TV anyways.”

So we had our own little Super Bowl Party on Sunday night complete with Pizza, popcorn and of course, Oreo cookies (shaped like footballs). Ethan had to explain most of the game to me since I know very little about football but we had a great time and it was much more comfortable and less crowded than going to the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Take that Tom Brady! Your dreams are crushed!” Ethan yelled. I laughed as I watched him hooting and hollering as the clock ran out at the end of the game and the Giants defeated the Patriots 21 to 17. He did his own little victory dance around the room and the smile on his face proved that only having half of his dream come true was good enough for our 9-year-old football fanatic!