Speed has a lot of amazing qualities and a lot of interests that keep him entertained.
Living in Canada, I always wondered if he would be interested in hockey as he got older. It’s kind of typical being that it’s such a well-loved sport here, but I personally don’t like hockey and prefer baseball above all else. I grew up in a “baseball” family, but my husband grew up in a “hockey” family. So when it came to the kids, I believed it could go either way (or both).
Speed doesn’t seem to have too much interest in organized sports at the moment. He’s happy playing with his LEGO, Star Wars figurines, or playing video games. I support all of those choices because I believe it leads to better problem solving and works those fine motor movements that he has been working so hard on.
His lack of interest in sports at the moment is totally okay with me and I never really saw issue with it until last week when his school decided to host a “sports team day” at school. It was on the Friday before March break and these shirt-themed days aren’t really anything new. They’ve had multiple color-themed days, but this one seemed a little more important.
We got a letter home two days before the Friday and then on Thursday afternoon (the day before the shirt day), we got an automated phone call from the school principal reminding us.
So the whole sports team day seemed to be a big deal.
I have a feeling it’s not an issue for other families and no real preparation is needed, other than making sure their shirt is clean to wear. But for us, Speed didn’t own a single sports team shirt. Not one.
My husband set out late Thursday to find something so Speed could participate. I had this feeling that if we just let it slide, he was going to be the only one not wearing a shirt and he said he really wanted one. So off we went to find it.
You know, it was harder to find than I realized it was going to be! We had to try a few different stores before we came across anything sports-related that would fit him. Speed really wanted a Toronto Blue Jays baseball jersey, and me being a baseball fan, I was on the hunt for it.
Turns out, that was hard to find too! Apparently we’re all supposed to love hockey in Canada because finding size-appropriate Toronto Maple Leaf jerseys were being spotted, but no baseball shirt.
We were running out of time and hit the last store we could before everything closed. Finally we found a $35 Toronto Blue Jays jersey that would fit Speed. It had the number 7 on the back so I knew he would love it.
He went to school, had a great time, and now that shirt will be in the back of his closet after the one-time wear. I was left wondering if we’re the only ones who didn’t have one on hand or why the school couldn’t have just had a “my favorite thing” shirt day or you know, something simple like “white” day.
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