The Minnesota Vikings & family tradition.

I have been a Vikings fan for as long as I can remember. I was never a fair- weather fan. My love for the Purple & Gold runs in my blood. Every Sunday, when I was a little girl, my dad would always take me to Church, lunch, and then over to grandpa Bobs for the Vikes game. I was the youngest of all the grandchildren and as I grow up, I realize we all knew a different version of grandpa. In fact, the only memories I have of my grandpa are those surrounding the times we watched the game in his Minneapolis home. The Vikings serve as a great memory of tradition with my dad and Grandpa.

Here are a few things I do remember about my Grandpa:

1. Grandpa had one thumb shot off in war. 2. Grandpa always had a drink in his hand. 3. Grandpa swore alot at the t.v. 4. Grandpa was an atheist & I would remember heated discussions with my dad who believe in God. 5. Grandpa bought me a magnifying glass three years in a row. 6. Grandpa ALWAYS gave me soda.

My grandpa wasn’t an ideal or perfect grandpa or man. If I could back in time and have a discussion with grandpa today, here are a few things I would ask him:

  1. What was your childhood like? What was the relationship you had with your own father like?
  2. What was war truly like? Do you have nightmares?
  3. Why did you leave grandma and divorce? Do you regret it ever?

Writing these questions down remind me to ask my own father questions regarding his childhood too.

Even though the Vikings didn’t go all the way this year, grandpa, I always think of you when I watch them.

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