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A House Divided Takes on the Army Navy Game


Since birth, I have been raised to know the significance of December. Yes, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve are all important days in December, but that was not why December was so meaningful to my family and I. December means the biggest rivalry game in football, Army vs Navy. This game means everything to my dad, a forever Army football fanatic. Up until this year, I, too, was a diehard Army fan, screaming "Go Army Beat Navy" at the television.


However, that all changed when my sister started attending the Naval Academy. Our family officially became a house divided, my dad cheering on Army and my sister cheering on Navy.


My mom and I were bewildered and had no idea what to do this year on December 14th. My dad surprised us with tickets to attend the game in person in Philadelphia. So, my mom and I had to make the difficult decision of what team to cheer for. After a lot of debating and thinking, we decided to support my sister and cheer on Navy.


When we arrived at the game, my mom and I sat with some friends on the Navy side and my dad sat with his former class mates on the Army side. It was a thrilling game, with Navy beating Army thirty-one to seven.


When the game ended, my mom, dad, and

I put our differences aside and frantically searched for my sister in the fleet of midshipmen departing for the long drive back to Annapolis. My mom, with her motherly instincts, somehow managed to find my sister. In the end, it wasn't about who won or who lost, because our family was together, a team again, and that was a win for us all.


So, in conclusion, Go Army AND Go Navy! We are all one big military family! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I hope my article made you laugh or smile a little bit and brought some joy to your day.

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