All during the football season, the Friday before each game is Blue Friday, when we wear our team colors and celebrate the Seahawks.
Today is blue Monday, but we are not celebrating. We lost.
We were geared up and excited before the game. Facebook was full of photos of our friends in similar garb and gatherings.
Irene watched the Puppy Bowl on the TV in the kitchen during the first half. She was glued in to the Katie Perry halftime performance.
We all sat, and stood, and cheered, and fretted during the ups and downs of the second half, as the Seahawks, up by 10, saw the Patriots come back with two touchdowns to lead 24-28. But hey, we still had two minutes left! And after a miraculous catch on a long pass, we were on the 5 yard line with over 30 seconds to go. Marshawn Lynch ran it to the one yard line. 20 seconds left. A short pass by Wilson just arrived into the hands of his receiver on the goal line when the receiver was hit, the ball bounced out of his hands and into the hands of the Patriots defender. Interception. Game over.
We had barely calmed down from the euphoria of that catch and the knowledge that we could win, when we were plunged into the despair of loss.
The kids left in tears, no afterparty for us. Tom and I settled into our chairs, watched TV and ate ice cream and cookies by ourselves. It was midnight before we got to sleep.
I thought I was fine, until I woke up at 1:45 with my mind replaying that last play over and over again. It was a restless night.
For those of you who don't follow sports teams, you will be thinking that you spare yourself a lot of grief and stress. But then you need to know about all of the fun and good times to be had by following your team. Once again the Seahawks saw us through another dreary January. It's February! In fact, it's Groundhog's Day!
There are no shadows here. Fittingly on this blue Monday, it's raining.
But the sun may come out this afternoon. We'll go for a walk. We have to walk off the comfort food we indulged in last night.
And now I'll go clean the pantry. Life goes on.
And the Sounders soccer season starts in five weeks!