Monday, February 6, 2017

Six Years of Grump

My little Packer Backers spent yet another Super Bowl Sunday protesting Green Bay's absence from the big game.
This is our "official" 2017 photo...
...but this one - in which Hallie somehow looks even scarier
with a unilaterally flared nostril - is worth sharing as well.
This year was especially frustrating, given how close the Pack came to playing in yesterday's game. (Which, incidentally, took place just 90 miles from our house.) At least we have this fun tradition to look forward every year!
The emotion in the first picture of this series (taken in 2012) was captured accidentally. On Super Bowl Sunday I brought out all of the kids' Green Bay gear for one more wear. As Will pulled on his Packer shirt, he asked excitedly if the Packers had made it to the Super Bowl. When I explained that no, the Packers weren't playing that day, the authentically forlorn expression you see above passed slowly across his face. Hallie, on the other hand, just didn't feel like smiling for the camera.

Year after year, when the Packers once again miss out on the Super Bowl, I ask the kids to make the same grumpy faces they made that first year. Both pull out their turned-down mouths and furrowed brows (and occasional they bare their teeth) for the photo...the difference, however, is that while Hallie hangs on to her angry expression for as long as possible (she claims to be practicing for "mad face" contests), Will starts laughing as soon as the camera clicks.

This tradition of Will and Hallie wearing their disappointment on both their faces and torsos began in 2012 will continue as long as is necessary…hopefully 2018 will see our Green Bay Packers rise to the top once more.

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