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Cahlya's First Football Game (a Short Story)

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.


Some of you, my fellow writers, may be aware of a couple of rather unpleasant events that my family has experienced recently. I could bury my head in the sand and have a little pity-party all by myself, but I feel that writing is a much better therapy.

In fact, I was tempted to write something dark and depressing or scathing about politics or ISIS (but others have already done a great job on those fronts). Instead, I think, I wisely decided to write this little story. It doesn't contain any really dramatic events like car chases, gunfights, or murders. No aliens, pirates, or Indiana Jones-type heroes. But it made me feel good, and that's what I needed.

I hope you enjoy "Cahlya's First Football Game." (I know Cahlya may sound like a strange name, but it's my youngest granddaughter's name and I love it.

My youngest granddaughter, Cahlya

My youngest granddaughter, Cahlya

Cahlya's First Football Game

“Cahlya, are you ready?” my dad called from the bottom of the stairs.

“Yes, Daddy!” I replied as butterflies danced in my tummy with the excitement that I was about to attend my first ever football game. In fact, I had been dressed and ready for almost an hour. I just couldn’t wait.

I raced downstairs to meet my dad at the door, just stopping to kiss my mom goodbye as I passed. “Enjoy the game, Sweety,” she said with a smile.

I think Daddy was almost as excited as me going by the grin on his face as he drove. This was the first game he’d taken me to, but I was nine now so it was about time I thought.

Sometimes I think he wished I was a boy, but that wasn’t going to happen. And hey, I could do anything any boy could, and I liked football! Some of my friends called me a “tomboy”, whatever that was. I didn’t even know any boys named Tom.

We arrived at the stadium and I didn’t know where to look. It was just so big, and I’d never seen so many people. Dad paid for our tickets and we slowly pushed through the gates and up into the stands. Music was playing, and as we sat down fireworks started exploding in the sky. I was so excited and the game hadn’t even started.

Lot’s of people wore the colors of their favorite team, one much more than the other. Daddy said that was the home team’s colors. I wished I had worn one of those colors too but I didn’t know which team to support so I would have had to wear both.

When the teams made their way onto the field the crowd cheered, and I had to put my hands over my ears when the home team came out. The noise was so loud, but also exciting. Can you believe, this was my very first “live” football game, and I was with my Dad? This was so good!

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Another thing I noticed was how green and smooth the grass on the field was. It was like a beautiful green carpet. Daddy said they pay people to keep it that way so the footballers don’t slip over and stuff.

When the first touchdown was scored the cheerleaders for that team jumped up and started dancing and chanting their team war-cry. I thought that was cool, but then a man in front of us wearing opposing colors yelled some curse words so bad it made me blush. My dad tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to watch his mouth. The man looked at me, a little embarrassed, and said “sorry.” My dad is so brave!

At half-time, we went to the restroom, but it took forever as you had to line up and wait your turn. Then we headed to the food stand. Oh, my! The smells of different foods cooking were incredible. Daddy bought two hot dogs, fries, sodas, and even a bag of popcorn! Luckily we managed to get back to our seats just as the game was restarting.

The second half was even better than the first, and there was lots of cheering. I heard a few more curse words from people in the crowd, but I just giggled. I guess they loved their team, like my dad does.

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It was good because any action you missed on the field you could watch on the big screen. I didn’t care who won but when the full-time siren sounded my dad jumped out of his seat and gave a fist pump in the air, so I know he was happy with the result.

I loved attending my first football match with my dad, and can’t wait for the next.

American Football Game

American Football Game


I wish to make a correction. My granddaughter's name is actually, "Cahlya" with a "C" and not "Kahlya" as I originally wrote here. This will help to explain any comments that may refer to "Kahlya" for more recent readers of the hub.

© 2016 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 16, 2016:

Thank you Lawrence, glad it brought back memories. I was tempted to make it a Rugby League game (my favourite) but didn't think a lot of readers could relate, so I made it American Football (Gridiron).

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 15, 2016:


When I first saw the hub my immediate question was "Aussie rules, Union or League?" But the cheerleader answered that!

This reminded me of when I was a teenager going to Old Trafford with schoolmates to watch Manchester United play. Hot cups of tea in one hand, a pie in the other and singing through the whole match!

Great hub.


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 15, 2016:

Thank you for the encouraging comment, Shauna. It surprises me that I find it quite easy to write from a little girl's view point in first person. I did it with my story "Tears Across the Waves" and was pleased with the result, so thought I would try it again. Glad it worked.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 15, 2016:

I'm impressed that you wrote this, not only from a child's point of view, but that of a little girl. Well done, John!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 01, 2016:

Thank you for your kind comment, Genna. To tell you the truth I am sick of hubs, questions etc about politics at the moment. It seems to be everywhere you look and just creates anger and division. I'd rather keep out of it as much as possible. I enjoy writing stories from a child's perspective, especially young girls for some strange reason. My family issues are complex and ongoing unfortunately, but we are dealing with it better.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 01, 2016:

I read one of your opening paragraphs with a huge sigh of relief; thank politics, ISIS, etc. But I was concerned about the unpleasant events your family has experienced recently. I wasn't aware of them, John, and I sincerely hope that all is well.

Cahlya is such a pretty name. Thank you for sharing this lovely story with us, told from different point of view. It brings a smile and warms the heart.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 01, 2016:

Thank you, Dianna. Yes, it seems I can do no wrong in Cahlya's eyes. She follows me everywhere and wants to be with me constantly when we are together. Thank you for commenting on this story.

Dianna Mendez on July 01, 2016:

Football is a great way to spend time with family, lots to see and do. Your granddaughter is so precious. I'm certain she loves being with you no matter where you go or whatever you do.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 01, 2016:

Thank you, Deb. I wrote another story awhile back called Tears Across the Waves through the eyes of a little girl and was impressed by how it turned out so I thought I would do that again for this.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 01, 2016:

I really enjoyed the fact that you wrote this through the eyes of a little girl.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 26, 2016:

Thanks , Mike. Soccer is played here but it isn't hugely popular yet, though growing. Australian Rules football is big in mainly the Southern States, the there is Rugby Union, but "the greatest game of all" it's tag name and my favourite sport is "Rugby League". What we call the "State of Origin" series is currently being played between Queensland and New South Wales. It gets the highest TV audience of any show, sport or otherwise here in Australia. I guess a little like your Super Bowl. Once I start talking about it I can't stop :) I'll have to write a hub on it. It is a little like Gridiron without all the helmets and padding, but much more free flowing with less stoppages.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 26, 2016:

Kahlya! What a unique name. I see we both had football on our minds this week. How did that happen? It makes me wonder just which 'football' is played in your neck of the woods. I would have guessed soccer. This was fun to read.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 26, 2016:

Thank you, Rasma. Your kind comment is much appreciated.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 26, 2016:

A most delightful story and you have a lovely granddaughter.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 25, 2016:

Thank you very much, Devika. :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 25, 2016:

An enjoyable read and your grand daughter is so pretty.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 25, 2016:

Haha, thank you, Frank. What happens when you click on the cheerleader? Does she start dancing or get

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 25, 2016:

this was a great read, fun.. I don't know why I keep clicking on the Dallas Cowboy cheerleader photo though..

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 23, 2016:

I am happy that you enjoyed this story, Missy. You are right that daughters can enjoy spending time with their fathers just as much as sons can. It is just that many dads think that only certain activities can be enjoyed by boys. This also applies in regard to mothers and sons., but probably to a lesser extent.

Missy Smith from Florida on June 23, 2016:

A very enjoyable read. I was in every scene with this little girl. People usually make such a chatter over father and sons, but my dad has all girls, and I can say we are just as good to go fishing and to sporting events with than the boys. lol.

I'm glad you found a way to feel better by writing this, and you made us smile a little too. Nothing at all wrong with that. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 23, 2016:

Thank you for that very generous comment, John. I am glad I managed to bring Kahlya to life.

johnmariow on June 23, 2016:

A wonderful story. I enjoyed reading it very much. Outstanding characterization of Kahlya. You have a real talent in that Kahya almost jumps out of the pages. She seems alive.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you Faith. Peace and blessings to you.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you Faith. Peace and blessings to you.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you Faith. Peace and blessings to you.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 22, 2016:

Hi John,

I loved how you have written this in Kahlya's voice. Children have such a different perspective from adults. So refreshing.

I'm glad writing this sweet story made you happy.

What a beautiful name for a beautiful granddaughter.

Peace and blessings

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you, bro.

manatita44 from london on June 22, 2016:

So sorry ...didn't know. My condolences...

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you for your kind comment, Manatita. I am glad you enjoyed this gentle story. My present problems are something I am powerless to solve and involves the recent passing of my wife's brother at just 56 from a brain tumour. Her younger sister died of the same thing three years ago at 45. Time may ease the pain, but I can not.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Linda,myhank you for sharing how you felt attending your first baseball game with your dad. Glad this story brought back those wonderful memories.

manatita44 from london on June 22, 2016:

Yes, Jodah.

A very nice, indeed charming pick me up story, and who can be sweeter than kids? You told it sweet and gentle too.

Now I thought that you are a problem solver. Things going wrong with you too? My empathies. Much Love.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 22, 2016:

I still remember going to my first live baseball game--just me and my Daddy. It wasn't nearly as large (or noisy) as your granddaughter's experience. And it didn't need to be. That wasn't the point. I was with my Daddy and that's all that mattered.

Thank you for a sweet story, told from the eyes of a little one. I felt I was there with them and it brought back wonderful memories for me a well.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you Ruby. Everything you said was very kind. Much appreciated.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 22, 2016:

And, a good time was had by all. Sweet story! You have a beautiful granddaughter and I love the name too.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thanks for commenting Larry. I am glad this brought back memories of your first big football game. Certainly an exciting experience.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on June 22, 2016:

Reminds me of the excitement of attending my first big football game. Such a wonderful experience.

Life can be such a wondrous a pleasant thing. Thanks for reminding of that.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you, Bill. Glad you found this an uplifting story.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you for your kind words ps, as well as for sharing this. Maybe one day I will take Kahlya to a football game, but this story is fiction I am afraid. Glad you enjoyed it however.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2016:

Very those "firsts" with children.....they are special, for sure.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 22, 2016:

O Jodah...there is nothing, nothing at all, like making memories with those we love..especially our granddarlings. So glad you chose to share this with us. No doubt Kahlya will tuck this away as one of her favorite times with you.

And you are so right...having a pity party does relieves no pain and serves no purpose.... shared

Angels are on the way to you ps

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

I am glad you enjoyed this Eric, and that it meant something special to you. Yes, I am lucky and appreciative.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you Venkat. That is very kind of you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 22, 2016:

This really hit home with me. I attend one game every year and my two elder daughters go with me. Growing up in a small somewhat isolated town the nearest game would have been about 400 miles away. My town was about 25,000 then so my first game at about 21 blew my mind with 60,000 fans in the stands.

A beautiful grand daughter to set the mood here was great. You are a lucky man.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 22, 2016:

Very nice story and your granddaughter also so lovely as her name.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you, Chitrangada. Yes, Kahlya is a lovely little girl. So glad you enjoyed the story and felt like you were at the game.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 22, 2016:

Kahlya --a beautiful name and what a lovely grand daughter! You are blessed!

I enjoyed your story and it made me feel as if I am sitting there, enjoying the football match in the stadium.

Very nice and enjoyable read! Thank you!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 22, 2016:

Thank you and thank you, Al. Glad you enjoyed the story. Bless you.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 22, 2016:

Hey John, You have a beautiful grand daughter. Great hub here. I enjoyed the read. Thank you for sharing.

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