Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Fond Sports Memories

Author: Carol Lane

Good Morning,

Watching sporting events is something that many families like to do together. For football fans, this is an especially big weekend because of the Super Bowl. Barbara, mother of Brian sent the opening photo showing their family when they went to a football game featuring their favorite NFL team. You will read more about this special memory in the response section below.

Our family liked watching the local high school teams play different sports when our son played. One of the sports he played was football and that is where I learned some of the rules of the game. Now I will enjoy watching the Super Bowl tomorrow with a big bag of popcorn in my lap.

Barbara and family at football game

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Thank you for being a part of our Saturday Morning Message community.

Hugs,
Carol Lane
Mother of Bryon

 


Responses from Survivors to last week's question

Many people like to participate in sports and lots of families share traditions of watching or attending sporting events together. Do you have a special sports memory of your loved one that you would like to share?

 

From Barbara, mother of Brian: Our family are big sports fans and all root for the New York Giants; for sports other than football though, we may differ a bit. The fall before Brian passed, my husband, daughter and Brian traveled with extended family members to Denver to see the Giants play the Broncos. We had an extended weekend adventure, ending with a New York Giants’ win - possibly the highlight of that season. We experienced great hospitality that weekend, even though we were all decked out in Giants gear. Brian proudly displayed his jersey, scarf, and zebra striped red and blue pants. I am so grateful we all had that weekend to spend together rooting for our New York Giants!

From Charlene, mother of Devin: When Devin was younger, I used to take him and his sisters to Chi-Chi’s on Sundays to watch the Eagles’ games. While everyone was in the bar at the other end of the restaurant, we were in the back shooting pool and loading up on all kinds of junk food, watching the game and having a blast.

 

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We Welcome Your Comments: If you would like to send a note commenting on one or all of the responses in this week’s Saturday Morning Message, send it to online@taps.org and your thoughts will be passed along to each contributor. You never know how your words may touch the heart of another.

 


Question for Next Week’s Saturday Morning Message 

We have all been spending more time at home since the pandemic first affected our lives. Have you developed or enhanced a hobby or skill during quarantine to lift your spirits?

We look forward to reading your responses you to this question because it will not only let us know what you have been doing during quarantine, but also give us some new ideas about what we might like to pursue in the future. Photos are always welcome.

 

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We Welcome Your Questions and Replies: The Saturday Morning Message was created so survivors can share questions and read how others respond. Questions for future messages are always welcome and can be sent to online@taps.org. In order to have your reply included the following week, it is best to send your response by Tuesday morning.

 


Recipe for the Week

 

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If you’re looking for a new dish to try for the Super Bowl, Lauren, sister of Andrew, has shared a recipe that brings back special memories of watching football together with her family.


Buffalo Chicken Dip


A family favorite to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl is Buffalo Chicken Dip! This dip pairs nicely with Buffalo Bills wins, and enthusiastically welcomed by anyone you share it with. We started making this recipe in high school, and it became a staple at gatherings with family and friends. Making this recipe reminds me of my brother's love for all things Buffalo and happy times together.


Ingredients

  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1 bag or block of sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 jar blue cheese
  • 1 can of chicken (or shredded cooked chicken)
  • Franks Red Hot (amount to taste/personal preference)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat, stir until combined and hot. Serve with tortilla chips, celery or carrots. Dip can also be made or kept warm in a slow cooker.

Next Week: Each week, we publish recipes or songs that have special meaning for our subscribers. If you have a favorite recipe or song for this section, please send them to me at online@taps.org and include a note about why the recipe or song is meaningful to you.

 


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Other Items and Events of Interest
 

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About the Saturday Morning Message

The Saturday Morning Message (SMM) is a weekly communication contributed by survivors. The primary focus of the SMM is to foster peer-based connections for support and encouragement. It is the goal of this communication to foster a safe, supportive place where we can openly share in a nonjudgmental and caring manner. Read and contribute as you are comfortable. Content submitted for the SMM is edited for space considerations and may be used in other TAPS publications. The loving family at TAPS is available to you 24 hours a day. Please call 202-588-TAPS (8277).