For The Love Of The Bears

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Use It or Lose It.”

I love Bears football. I mean LOVE. I watch every game, pay attention to all staff and player changes, and dream of going to a game at Soldier Field one day. Alas, Chicago is a far trip for me to make, so the closest place to go to see my Bears play is in Minneapolis when they play the Vikings.

A few years ago, we went to a game in December. We had such a great time. I love the football game atmosphere. Fans cheering, music playing, and of course, having the chance to watch the game live. I love how, no matter which team you are rooting for, everyone in the stadium has a sense of togetherness. We are all one…..we are all football fans. Well, as in true Bears fashion, we lost the game. We exited the stadium in a somber mood, only to discover that it had been snowing while the game was going on. It turns out that Minneapolis was placed under a winter storm warning during the game. We both had to work in the morning, so we decided to leave for home.

Worst choice ever. The snow was horrible. It was falling so fast, and the winds were so high. We could not see the lines on the road, and prayed that we were even on the road. Nobody was traveling, except for a rogue semi here and there. Every town we would pass, I would say, “Let’s stop here and stay.” But my husband kept driving on. Then we hit a patch of ice that was hidden under the snow. We did a 360 right on the interstate, and after our car had come to a stop, a semi passed by us going really fast. Thank goodness he wasn’t by us when we spun around.

Just when we were about to give up and stop in the next town, the snow had stopped. By the time we reached the Iowa-Minnesota border, there was no snow on the ground at all! It was as if the snow storm never existed! We made it home safely at 2:00 am. A trip that should have taken us five hours, ended up taking eight and a half. Man, I thought we’d never make it back from that one.

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