Sunday, January 18, 2009

Daddy's girl

I usually hesitate to call myself a daddy's girl, because to me it means prissy princess types and those horrid girls who end up on My Super Sweet Sixteen. But I do have a good relationship with my dad, and there are some memories of him / with him that I treasure. Today's playoff games reminded me of one of them. I was a cheeky monkey as a little girl and liked to show off and impress people. I also already had a freakishly well-developed knack for memorization.

Because of this, my dad and I had a game we would play. He'd name a city or state, and I'd name the pro football team that played there. There were only 28 teams back then, but that's still a bit of a trick for a kid under the age of ten, right? I knew the entire NFL roster, though for years I couldn't figure out why the Steelers were called the Steelers if they didn't steal stuff. I also thought the Redskins played in Washington State. For some reason, I always had trouble remembering the Seattle Seahawks.

One day we were going through the list while Mom made dinner. New Orleans? Saints. New York? Jets and Giants. Houston? Oilers. Philadelphia?

I didn't answer fast enough, and Mom called from the kitchen, "Cream cheese!"

To this day, every time I watch an Eagles game, I remember that night and I smile. I think I am a bit of a daddy's girl after all.


  1. I have really fond memories of being allowed to stay up and watch the first period of the early hockey game on Saturday nights with my dad. I'd sit on his lap until the first intermission, and then I had to go to bed.

    I'm 45 now, and when I talk to my dad on the phone (he's in Phoenix, I'm in Ottawa), the first thing we discuss, always, is hockey. It makes me smile.

    And 'cream cheese' is hilarious.

  2. This post is one of the reasons that I was hoping for a girl for my first born. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with what I got! ;)

  3. i totally thought the redskins were from washington state until like five years ago.

  4. Not to worry... I'm pretty sure I'm a daddy's girl too, PLUS I'm an only child so that makes it even worse... but we only had hotdogs and hamburgers at my parents house for my sweet 16 ;)