Thursday, September 4, 2014
There's a lot going on around here readers. With Summer winding to a close, Labor Day in the rearview, and school having started, Lukas is once again signed up for a Fall soccer team.
And while the first game isn't for another week or so, he has been busy practicing with his new team once a week for the past couple of weeks. It's going pretty well for him so far, and he is having a lot of fun, which is the most important thing. Plus, he is trying hard not to be offensive.
The coach is working on it, but it seems our son fancies himself more of a defensive player, and would rather do that than play forward and attack the goal. I have a feeling that he'll learn the thrill of playing offense soon enough, but if not he's still pretty good at putting up 'D Fence'. And there is nothing wrong with that. As they say, the best Offense is a good Defense. That is what they say, isn't it?
Anyway, this past practice was perhaps the most important for the team. Critical really. That's because it was the one where they would choose the team name.
I knew this beforehand and tried to prep Lukas for it by asking if he had any ideas for a name. Unfortunately, I apparently caught him at the wrong time, since his creative juices weren't flowing and he wasn't coming up with anything. That was fairly unusual for him. It's possible that he might not have been paying attention to me. I would like to say this NEVER happens, but hey he's 7.
I tried to throw out some helpful suggestions. "How about 'The Zombie Jawas'?" I suggested (We have been watching the original Star Wars movies recently). "Or 'The Fire Robots'" (No idea where that came from)
So, I decided to try again later. Then halfway through practice I had to go pick up Annabelle at her daycare not far away. When I returned I was informed by Mrs. LIAYF that they had used that time to choose their name. It always happens that way.
It was........wait for it........
The Silver Eagles
"The Silver Eagles?" I asked her later, when Lukas was not around. "Really?"
I'm not sure why I was initially skeptical of the name. I think it's because, as I mentioned to Mrs. LIAYF, I first thought of a tribal casino. 'Appearing Friday, September 19th at the Silver Eagle - STYX'
It also sounded a bit like a name for a 60 and over basketball team. The Silver Eagles. I envisioned Older Eagles while I was pondering this I guess because I started thinking that they might even be Bald Eagles, and then I thought of Bald Seagulls (which I have long thought should be the official Seattle Bird).
Clearly, I was digressing.
Then I asked Lukas what he thought of the name. Turns out he really liked it, even though the suggestion came from another kid. Eagles were cool after all. The good guys in LEGO Chima are Eagles. And the only thing better than a Silver Eagle would be a Gold Eagle.
Bottom line, Lukas liked it and said it was cool. Thinking about it again I had to agree. All it took was a fresh perspective from a 7 year old who is obviously way cooler than me.
And, when and if I ever get out there and join a team of my own (never too old, right) I can name my team whatever the heck I want.
'The Bald Seagulls' sounds perfect.
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 1:19 PM