Like many of you
Steeler fans out there, I have a wardrobe of Steeler gear. Hats, gloves, pants, sweats, shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts
etc. For the last few years, I have
not received any Steeler merchandise due to the aforementioned wardrobe.
This year was different and special, thanks to my son.
We celebrated my
birthday a day early because of the conflict with a football game against the
Saints. I am sure many can
understand the situation. I got a
new Steeler jersey that I am wearing since the box was opened, but that is not
the real story here. It goes back
to a three-year-old boy.
As my wife told me
We were shopping
and all of a sudden our son came out of his shell.
No longer shy, he began to tell the old lady in the dry cleaner store
that we were going shopping for Steeler stuff because my daddy was a big Steeler
fan. He said, "We need to get
stuff to make a Steeler cake." When
questioned by the lady, he answered each question without hesitation, which is
unusual for this three-year-old boy.
Off to BJ's.
(For those who do not know of BJ's, they are like Sam's and Costco.)
Every person in the store heard our son say that his daddy was a Steeler
fan, and that they were shopping for his birthday.
He was asked about the Steeler shirt he was wearing, a #10 Stewart for
those wondering (Santa brought it), and he again answered every question.
"Half of the county knows that it is your birthday and that you are a
Steeler fan," she told me, "and it is all because of your son."
Talk about ego
here, now mine is through the roof.
I did not ask for
much this or the past years, just the stuff a father needs, ties, shirts, and
socks. But I got a special
surprise; I got a Steeler cake that my kids helped to make.
It was a very good cake, a very special memory that I will not forget.
Black and Gold icing covering the smiles of two children (I helped put
some of it there).
I am ready for the game against the Saints, because I will have my boy watching with me. Depending on the outcome of the season, we'll see what shirt Santa brings this boy come Christmas.
-- George Boyd