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Our Thanksgiving dinner was scrumptous. Everyone had plenty to eat. The leftovers told us that we had made plenty of food.

It wasn’t long before a couple of the men in our family were sound asleep.  In the background was the roar of a football game on television.  But, even the battle on the gridiron could not keep full tummies from wooing the male species from getting some reading done on the back of their eyelids.

One of our family women enthusiastically suggested that we do our family picture.  That’s when we thought that a sunset at Fort Fulton would be a great idea.  But, that meant that everyone had to wake up and all of our cameras had to be retrieved.

By the time we loaded up the vehicles and got to the spot the sun had already set.  Rats!  The best laid plans seem to go awry; but at least the family is having fun teasing and goofing off.  Besides there was still enough light for some fun pictures.

Of course the pictures don’t tell the story in full.  It was cold out there!  The coastal winds were blowing in and drowning all of us with brisk temperatures.  Down jackets and warm hats made for the perfect attire.

With a few outdoor shots we all jogged back to the vehicles just to get warm.  We laughed as we gasped for air and warmed up with the heater turned up to high.  Back at home we weren’t done with our entertainment in front of the camera lens.

Now, we would use the house stairs.  Our family of five kids took up their positions and peered over the rail.  Mother and Father proudly let the cameras snap freely.

We laughed, cajoled, teased, pushed, shoved and poked.  All of those family gathering antics were a part of our portrait time.  What isn’t seen is more entertaining than what is seen.

The day of Thanksgiving is just about over.  It has been a target day on all of our calendars.  We talk over the blessings of the year, reflect over our careers and update each other on the great stuff of life.

Then, it’s time for more football. Yeah, the guys take up their positions on the sofa, recliner, love seat and the images of warriors on the grass field struggle to dominate the pig skin.  We cheer and shout along with our commentary on each key play.  It’s family and it will always be fun with food and fun.

photo credit: brucefong photography

The Autumn season is without a doubt my favorite time of year.  It concludes the fun summer months.  Ushers in the chilly winter months.

For my life it is a time when so much begins.  Beginnings are thrilling.  It is a fresh start no matter how tough the previous year was. 

In the life of ministry programs start.  The long build up to Christmas and Easter begin in the Autumn months.  Planning occupies so much of our time.

One of the great past times for me starts in the Autumn too.  It is the great game of football.  The grid iron is surrounded by tens of thousands of people.

Marching bands entertain the fans before the game and during half time.  Good friends fire up the portable grills and tailgate parties bring laughter, hopes and dreams.  We break out our jackets, wool caps and gloves.

The whistles signal the kick-off.  Highly trained athletes give thirty minutes of their blood, sweat and tears to move the pig skin 100 yards more times than their opponents.  It is war in the friendliest of terms.

Pundits take turns trying to play the role of prophet.  They try to predict the outcome of the season.  Into their experience they try to analyze strengths, weaknesses, schedules and best their colleagues and correctly declare who the champions will be.  No one really listens to them.

The big flat screen TV’s turn on.  That’s why many of us invested in that entertainment option.  Football is spectacular on the big screen.

We cheer until our voices disappear.  As the strain of humanity crash into each other on the field we lean, twist, jump and scream at the players who can’t hear us.  Our hope is that we can inch them one way or another to gain an extra yard, reach a few more inches or run a little faster.

Why does the sound of Kevlar smashing into fellow competitors attract so much attention?  Cheerleaders join in the raucous celebration.  Celebrities belt out the national anthem.

Spectacular half time shows give the competition a little glitz as a break in the action.  Families and friends eat up a huge spread of BBQ, bags of chips and cans of nuts.  Football is an American icon.

The passion for this Autumn entertainment can’t be explained.   It can only be enjoyed.  I am always ready for some football.  I love this game!

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