As I watched the end of the NFL game last night–Houston won on a field goal as time ran out–I saw something that made me laugh. As soon as the ball went through the goal posts, a San Diego fan grabbed the hand of a child and ran up the stairs toward the exit. I know exactly what the man was thinking. “We have to get out ahead of the crowd.” I know that because that’s what my father would have said. Actually, my father and I wouldn’t have been there that late in the game. We would have left sometime in the middle of the fourth quarter, to beat the traffic.
Dad was a very busy doctor. He practiced in the fifties and actually made housecalls. He was not a patient man. I’ve inherited that trait from him but he had a better reason to be impatient. He had gazillions of patients and the idea of sitting in a traffic jam when he should be at the hospital or on the phone (no cells back then) bothered him greatly.
So, we never saw the end of any athletic event. I remember once sitting in Roys and Rays, a Kansas City hamburger place, listening to the A’s coming from behind and winning in the bottom of the ninth.
We did see the end of plays or musicals but as soon as the plot was all tied up and with only a few notes of the final song being reprised, we were on our feet, long gone by the time the curtain fell and the curtain calls began.
But the important part is that he was there. The family went together to football in Lawrence, KS. He took me to Kansas City Blues baseball games before Kansas City had a major league team and to basketball at KU. So what if we left early? We were there, together. Thanks, Dad!