Dancing with Daddy!

by Mindy Lockard on March 19, 2009


For better or worse, in sickness and in health, for the love of sports or complete disinterest…for as long as we both shall live.  These were not our vows, but they certainly could have been.  I love my husband and knew from the point that I entered into a dating relationship with an All-American Basketball player and then for life, that I would have to also commit to a few afternoons, evenings, or in the case of March Madness, weeks to watching sports.

When I speak to audiences about networking or mannerly relationships I often talk about the importance of engaging in the interests of your conversation partner.  Conversations where you don’t ask questions, but only share your own interests tend to give a self absorbed impression…even if that’s not your intention.  This idea is true in any relationship. Relationships are built on differences and our ability to support and learn from friends and family is the key to building lasting relationships.  So, this March I have decided to take my own advice…The last half of March the girls and I will be doing our best to engage in Daddy’s interest and show him how valuable he is to us!

We kicked it off tonight… I called the girls into the living room-where Daddy was watching a game-and during a commercial break I gave a brief March Madness tutorial and a lesson on why it’s important to invest in Daddy’s interests.  I also tried to impress Ty with my limited lingo throwing around words like “big dance,” “sweet sixteen,” “elite eight and brackets-from the smirk on his face, I think he was more amused than impressed.  Next, we split-up into teams to have the girls pick their teams: I was with Elle, and Maggie was with Daddy.” Elle takes after her mother by picking schools from cities she has studied or where we have friends & family, and Maggie’s selections were influenced by the tone Daddy used when reading off the schools.  Elle ended up with Arizona State (due to the fact that’s where her uncle and cousin live) and Boston (Mommy’s favorite city) and Maggie with Kansas and Duke.  The odds are clearly in Maggie’s favor.

I’m really looking forward to following the Madness and the opportunity to exposing the girls to schools, cities, and states along the way…So, here’s to learning something new and taking a spin at the big dance!

We’d love to have you join us… visit CBS Sports for your own bracket.

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