Immediately followed by:
"Can I put on my baeball oonifoam?"
At 7:35 AM the mom gets one of those uncanny mom premonitions. It tells her to make sure the glove is secure for tonight's game. This manager of chaos is usually not one to follow through with such thoughts ten hours before game time. That would be--just too on top of things. But today something makes her scan the shelves in the garage for little man's glove.
It's 7:40 in the morning on opening day and the O's glove is no where to be found. Lost. Left behind on a bleacher somewhere. The O doesn't take the news very well:
And the first fit is thrown nearly before the dawn of the rooster crow.
Big brother Jeremiah tries to save the day by going and getting his glove out of this bag: 'Look O! You can use my glove...oh no... MMMOOOOMMMM! THIS IS BEN'S GLOVE!'
Ben? Whose Ben? (and by the way, whose on first, Abbott?)
Teammate to big brother Ben, that's who. Whose glove happens to look a whole lot like big brother's, resulting in a switch-a-roo..or would that be a switch-a-who? (is it just me, or is this starting to sound like Dr. Suess?)
'No worries, O. This is so exciting! You get to use Jeremiah's teammate Ben's glove for your first game ever! Isn't that special?'
High maintenance youngest sibling of five isn't buying it.
Recovery is looking unlikely, but then Miss Shell shows up with a special something something to commemorate opening day:
And the face does a 360.
His first team huddle:
First time to score:
Of course, in O fashion, he pretends to ignore the signs. He pretends to ignore the friends, the Mimi, the aunt and cousin cheers. He tries to look all unaffected...but the smile seeping out of the corner of his pretend somberness gives him away. Later, when it's safe to care, he'll talk non-stop about all the people that came to share in his day of firsts.
O boy, you are one-of-a-kind. You might be number five, but you're the first to ever sport a mohawk in this family. And sport it well I might add. Crooked smilin' mohawkin stylin'. Yep. It suits you. It suits you just fine.
So thankful to share in this day of firsts with you...we love you O-ee-O.