Margaret Bechard says, "When I was growing up, my father and I didn't share a lot of interests or activities. I was the youngest of his six children, a quiet child who spent most of her time reading. He was in his fifties and spent most of his time working in an office I never saw. But on Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter, we had a ritual. He would build a fire in the fireplace and settle into his armchair. I would stretch out onto the floor. And we would watch football games. His favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings.
"Now I watch football with my three sons. They stretch out on the floor and the couches. I get the seat closest to the fire. Their favorite team is the San Francisco 49ers. I still root for the Vikings."
Margaret Bechard is the author of five novels. She lives in Tigard, Oregon with her family.
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