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  • Writer's pictureLola

Soccer, Laughter, and Family Ties





As the pace of life marches on, I've found solace in the cherished weekends spent at my parents' home. These visits, stretching into weeks at a time, have become a sanctuary of sorts—a pause from the daily grind, offering a return to the roots and rhythms of family life. Now, at 50, these moments are more precious than ever, filled with laughter, shared meals, and the communal joy of soccer that brings us together in front of the TV, basking in the camaraderie and spirited debates that only this beautiful game can inspire.


Soccer has always been one of my dad's loves, with the Mexican league matches igniting passion and sparking lively discussions between my mom and my dad. Central to this tradition is my father's unwavering support for Chivas from Guadalajara, a deep loyalty that reflects his love for the game and his heritage. My mother, with her playful spirit, often jests about Chivas' chances, her light-hearted taunts aimed at riling up my father, much to our amusement.


Amidst these familial exchanges, I've discovered a new source of entertainment that has become a highlight of our soccer weekends—Daniel “El Ruso” Brailovsky, a soccer commentator known for his humorous and candid take on the game. While his allegiance lies with America, a choice I respectfully disagree with, his witty banter and unique insights make not just watching soccer but listening to commentators fun.


My world of soccer has been greatly enriched by the Collector's Box, 100 Top Soccer Players a splendid collection that delves into the legacies of soccer's greatest players. With its array of postcards detailing the achievements and stories of 100 legendary players, this box has become a treasure trove of knowledge and nostalgia that I eagerly share with my parents. Each card, a conversation starter, allows me to engage with my father deeper, impressing him with facts and anecdotes about the players he has admired over the years.


In this unexpected chapter of my life, the Collector's Box, 100 top soccer players have become a symbol of connection—a reminder that it's never too late to find new ways to connect with those we love, to share in their passions, and to embrace the beautiful, unpredictable game of life together.


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