Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Hockey Life: One lucky dude

Unbeknownst to me, Colin must have hired himself a new PR guy. Through this blog, Facebook and Twitter, I thought I was doing a darn good job, as any proud parent would do, of promoting him and his accomplishments.

A string of recent events, though, are boggling, even to me.

Since last Saturday, he has:

 ~ appeared on the Tampa Bay Times Forum Jumbotron three times;
 ~ participated in two events at the NCAA's Frozen Four championships;
 ~ seen himself in a FSL baseball Clearwater Threshers TV commercial (He saw it Wednesday night during Discovery Channel's Sons of Guns, but I haven't.); and
 ~ been in a photograph on Page 10C of Thursday's Tampa Bay Times.

For some kids, that's a good year. But in a week? Come on. And, yet, it gets better.

We're hearing, too, that he has to appear, dressed to the nines, at Ruth Eckerd Hall later this month to accept a Pinellas School District Pride Award in social studies, representing all fifth-graders at Blanton Elementary in St. Petersburg.

So, maybe, he did hire himself a publicist or someone to help spread the word. Given all that's happened in less than two weeks, can you blame him?

Am I complaining? Heck, no. Not in the least little bit. I'm in full-blown, pedal-to-the-metal, top-shelf Bragging Daddy mode right here. And that, my friends, is the best part of being a parent. Every moment becomes a memory that will last a lifetime.

If you can't relate, please, accept my condolences. You don't know what you're missing. Me? I know what I have and am relishing every last second.


  1. That's fantastic. Not just some sport recognition, but off the ice as well. Congratulations.

    Have fun with it.

  2. You know, any time I start to whine about work or whatever, I take a walk around the house, look at his hockey gear or a picture and quickly understand why I do as much as I do.

    I'm trying to be the father I never knew and provide him every opportunity to excel in whatever he chooses to do. Above all else, I hope that's my legacy. If it is, I served my purpose.