What if

My oldest son is becoming more and more interested in football. He’s always enjoyed throwing the ball around, and has brought up the subject of playing for his school a few times.

His mom, however, is completely against it. Football is simply not an option.

The other night, as I was saying goodnight to him, he asked me, “Dad, if I were to play football, what position do you think I’d be best at.”

“Quarterback,” I said. “You throw a great spiral, have a strong arm and good accuracy. In soccer, you’re able to see the field while you play and know where your teammates are. All those things are perfect for a quarterback.”

He seemed pretty happy with that answer. “Do you think I could play in high school?”

“You know your mom’s opinion. There’s just no way.”

“Okay, okay,” he said. “But what if she wasn’t around?”

I stared at him for a few seconds. “You’re not allowed to kill your mom so you can play football.”

“What?” he sat up. “No! I just want to know what you think!”

“I think your mom doesn’t want you to play football.”


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