This Proud Parenting Moment Brought to You by Adam Sandler

Sunday was a busy soccer day. Miss C had two games in Murfreesboro, which is about an hour’s drive. I knew we’d have limited time between games and with the first game ending around 1, I decided to don my rare super organized super mom cap and pack a lunch.

About half the team went out for a quick lunch between games while the other half stayed and ate in the shady picnic table area. The girls decided to pass the time after eating by playing charades. I am always thankful that as one of the regular tagalong younger siblings that Miss A gets included. When it was her turn she gave the rolling movie camera hand signal that indicated she was about to act out a popular film. Of course I’m thinking she’d choose something predictable like a Disney flick or Harry Potter, but predictable is definitely not how Miss A rolls.

Miss A started running back and forth and shoving her arms out aggressively like she was trying to push something down and it didn’t take me long to figure out that she was reenacting some game, football I thought. “Awww,” I thought to myself. “She’s thinking of The Blind Side.” I love that movie’s positive message. We watched it over the summer and loved it.

The kids were having trouble guessing what movie Miss A was acting out and then Miss C’s coach announced it was time to hit the field again and warm up for the next game. Miss A looked so disappointed, standing there suddenly alone with no one to play charades with, so I shouted out “The Blind Side!”

She shook her head.

“WATERBOY!” she replied with a big grin on her face.

It took a few seconds for that to sink in. Yes, that Waterboy. A couple of the other parents were standing by, gathering up their gear and probably wondered what the heck movies we let our kids watch at our house.

You can do it Bobby Boucher! You can do it!

OK, so out of all the sports films she’s seen in her 7 years on this planet (which, granted, aren’t many) this is the one that left its indelible mark?



  1. Kristyn says:

    Hah! Such a funny movie! Also, I miss playing charades! I’ll have to get a game going soon and try out Waterboy to see if anyone can get it.

  2. Cheryl B. says:

    Ha! That’s pretty funny, Jamie, I have to admit. And it’s really not that bad of a film. If I remember correctly, it does have a positive message of treating others like you’d want to be treated, correct? I’m with you, though. Blind Side is a top one – as is Remember the Titans!

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