A good time for doing good

Nordstrom Holiday Decorating Policy

My policy as well.

We’re heading into the holiday stretch. A little prematurely, I think, so I’m siding with Nordstrom’s on this one holiday at a time thing. Philosophically, of course; it’s not like I’m shopping there (see previous posts about kids and sports sucking up all my money).

Fighting my inner Scrooge, I try to recognize that the holiday season, for whatever reason you personally believe or don’t believe in it, is an opportunity to do some good, wrapped up in a great big, over-commercialized package. And I’m full on for doing good.

In some parts of the world, probably not as far away as you imagine, there are kids playing soccer on an abandoned lot in their bare feet with a ball made of bunched up rags. Only in America, says a friend of ours, can you turn soccer into a $5000 a year endeavor. The opportunity to play youth sports is one afforded to those with money, time, health and support. And for many, many reasons, there are kids that don’t have that opportunity. So let’s give them a hand this season and help them out. It’s a great team-building activity and a way for our young athletes learn empathy, see compassion and find out what courage really is.

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Smile and say “Winning!” It’s picture day.

A new season means another round of team pictures. I admit, I look back on those old photos from time to time and think, wow, I passed on some damn fine genetic material. Just look at how cute those little buggers are! But even the best looking kid can turn out a bad photograph and when you’ve got 100 teams of kids on photo day, the chances of the bad picture increase exponentially. Fear not, sports parents. I’ve got some tips for you to make that $30 photo package worth every penny.

Tip #1. Don’t stress about the group shot
Your player’s face will be one square centimeter or obscured by the tall kid in front so don’t expect too much. We always order the group photo though, just in case the loudmouth dad is right and his kid actually does go pro, we’ll be able to prove we knew them when they were just a 10 year old wunderkind.

Grass stain paints

Tip #2. Keep it clean
Yes, it’s just a sports jersey but let’s make it a clean sports jersey. Those bright lights will make the stains and spots look even worse and, while the dirty hustle jersey is an admirable look, it’s not one you want in the team photo for perpetuity. Try and get it in the wash before picture day. Pants, too, in case your kid is in the front row. Or they do that bended knee pose. Read the rest of this entry »