Monday, October 31, 2005


Simon discovers hockey

In nominating me for the Bad Mother of the Year award, be sure to include the fact that every night after I put on his jammies and brush Simon's teeth, I bring him downstairs to give him a bottle and watch 10 minutes of Entertainment Tonight with him while he cuddles in my arms and drinks it. I figure that's at least three strikes - a nightly bottle and he's almost two, a reinforcement that mommy's love and TV are linked, and the fact that we probably could be watching something educational like the weather channel, but I like my nightly 10 minute microdose of celebrity trash.

Except, Entertainment Tonight (and the new -gag- ET Canada) are only on weeknights. Sundays we dial in to America's Funniest Videos, where Simon chortles and observes, "Uh oh!" at the hapless twits falling off of chairs and being beaned by pinata sticks. That leaves Saturday evenings, where through the fall we enjoyed an inning or two of playoff baseball while I explained the finer points of bunting to advance the runner and the difference between a knuckleball and a slider.

Now that the World Series is decided for another year and hockey has returned, Hockey Night in Canada seemed a good place to while away a few minutes this past Saturday night. (I've taken it upon myself to educate the boys in their sporting life, god help them. Beloved, my artistic soul, certainly isn't going to do it!) And well, well, well, it was the Ottawa Senators versus the Toronto Maple Leafs - our favourite rivalry.

As soon as I flipped the channel to the CBC, Simon was excited. "Hockey game! Hockey game!" he said enthusiastically. I have no idea how he knew, but he knew. We watched for a while, and I explained the power play that was favouring the Sens, and then the two man advantage. Just then, the Sens scored and I cheered - "SCORE! Hooray, they scored a goal!" to which Simon replied, "Uh oh."

"No no, Simon," I explained, "that's good for our team. We scored a goal."

Simon, watching the replay, said it again: "Uh oh."

Uh oh indeed. I think he's a Leaf's fan.