I told Harri that I would start watching the footy with him, and after we started doing that I found myself getting into the footy (almost) as much as Aaron. I even surprised myself that I began to know all the Hawks players names. What started out as a pain, turned into something fun as I found myself enjoying taking the boys to the games and training. It was something that made us feel close to Aaron, as we kept saying things like 'imagine what Dad would be doing right now', during the games.
We have been very blessed as a family to have had some special experiences thanks to the Hawthorn Football Club, and they even donated money to us when there was a fundraiser after Aaron passed away. I can only imagine looking down and how excited he would be to see the things we have been able to do. Harri got to run through the banner, I was able to toss the coin at a game, we have met players at special events, and got to go on a special tour of the Ricoh centre in Victoria. It's what makes us love the club and team even more, because they really are the 'family club'.
The next day the game was on and Tim and his son Arden sat with us. Aaron's Dad also came along and it was a fun afternoon, and a great game with Hawks winning.
We have been joking that Aaron must've had some kind of football influence 'upstairs' because since he passed away, Hawthorn have been the grand final every year. We really didn't think that they could get in again this year, even though they have had a pretty good year. We were very nervous watching the preliminary final last week. Kobe was all ready with all his Hawks teddies and got all his football cards out like he does every game. I am amazed that even though Aaron isn't here, Harri and Kobe know so much about all the players (not just Hawthorn players) and can tell you statistics from so many games, even from years ago.
I don't think Kobe realises how lucky he is to have his team win three grand finals in a row. Some people don't see that in their entire life. We keep saying how excited Aaron would be right now, and wish he were here to yell and scream, just like we do for him now.