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BORN A FAN … FOR LIFE

IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLEASURES IN WHAT I DO: I’M AT A BOOK SIGNING OR REVIEWING AN ORDER ON LINE FOR A BOOK FOR A LITTLE PERSON WHO, NOT ONLY DOESN’T PLAY HOCKEY OR FOOTBALL YET, THEY DON’T READ. THEY DON’T EVEN SPEAK. AND THEY CERTAINLY DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BEING A SPORTS FAN. THAT’S BECAUSE THEY AREN’T EVEN BORN!

BUT, MOM OR DAD, GRANDMA OR GRANDPA HAS GOT THIS COVERED. LITTLE EMMA OR JACK IS A FAN OF THE ( YOUR TEAM HERE) BY VIRTUE OF BIRTH – BEING BORN, SOON, INTO A FAMILY WHERE SPORTS TEAM LOYALTY JUST COMES WITH THE TERRITORY.

THIS …..IS MY GRANDSON.

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HE IS 6 DAYS OLD. ( YES, HE’S BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU. AND MUCH LOVED.) AND – HE’S GOT TEAMS! HIS FATHER’S, HIS GRANDFATHER’S, HIS UNCLE’S TOO. YOU CAN BE SURE THEY CAN HARDLY WAIT TO TAKE HIM TO “THE GAME.” HIS T-SHIRTS WITH THE TEAM LOGOS ARE ALREADY IN HIS CLOSET. SO THIS MAKES BABIES ” MY PEOPLE” IN MY BUSINESS KIND OF WAY. THEY’RE GREAT CUSTOMERS, IF YOU WILL, FOR CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS WRITTEN FOR YOUNG FANS. THEY MAY DECIDE, SOONER OR LATER, TO EMBRACE THE TEAM OF FAMILY LOYALTY, OR NOT. I ALSO FREQUENTLY MEET CHILDREN WHO SURPRISE EVERYONE BY DECLARING, ” NO, I WANT THAT BOOK,” POINTING TO THE RIVAL TEAM! MAYBE IT’S A SUPERSTAR PLAYER OR THE FUNNY MASCOT THAT DOES IT.

AND SO IT BEGINS….AND, ONE DAY, OF COURSE, ENDS. THAT CHOSEN LIFELONG TEAM LOYALTY REALLY DOES LAST…A LIFETIME. TAKE THIS SATURDAY’S LOCAL PAPER AND ITS ANNOUNCEMENT OF SOMEONE’S PASSING WITH THE LINE, HIGH UP IN THE PARAGRAPHS ABOUT A MAN’S LIFE: ” HE LOVED THE CALGARY FLAMES.” A DEVOTION TO TEAM THAT WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH AND SAID ENOUGH ABOUT THIS ONE PERSON THAT IT RATED HIGH MENTION IN THE STORY OF HIS LIFE. THE GREAT JOY AND THE ANGUISH, TO BE SURE, OF BEING A SPORTS FAN, MARKED IN THE TELLING OF A LIFE’S JOURNEY. AND, I BET, FEW REGRETS FOR HAVING GONE ALONG WITH THAT TEAM FOR THE RIDE.

YES, YOU WOULD KNOW BY NOW, THAT I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO CHEER FOR “THE HOME TEAM” ALONGSIDE THE NEWEST LITTLE ONE IN MY LIFE. I GUESS I’LL JUST HOPE HE’LL BE CHEERING FOR THE SAME SIDE!

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