We had time, during appetizers, for two games of paper football. I usually have at least one or two folded paper triangles in my tote bag -- those paper children's menus are good for something, after all. You never know when the opportunity will present itself to play.
Claim Jumper's high-walled booths are ideal for playing, too. I remember one time at Chili's an extra point kick landed the ball on the table behind DS1. The tables there are quite close together. They were a family with much younger children and I don't think they quite knew what to make of it. "Do you want this back?" they asked me, as I went over to apologize and retrieve it. Yes! of course! why wouldn't we?
Maybe we're subversive for teaching our kids a game I've mostly played in bars. I've no regrets, though -- it's fun and engaging, and it's a good way to pass the time.
The scores: DS1 trounced me, 24 to 7 while DH was eating his chili, and before my salad came. Then my salad arrived and DH recovered some parental respect by beating DD, 26 to 12.
My 6-year-old daughter scored more touchdowns than I did! Pathetic. Clearly, I need more practice.