Ezra’s dad and I are divorced but we have managed (with lots of soul-searching and knock-down-drag-out text fights over about a year) to come to terms with the fact that he and I, along with Jay, are raising this child together and we all love Ezra and have his best interests at heart. We get along very well now, especially for people in our situation. I am grateful for that.
In that spirit, he very nicely got me a Mother’s Day gift that he let Ezra pick out. So last night it was my turn.
Ezra and I went to dinner and then went to a collegiate sports store to get his dad’s gift.
Another thing you have to understand about me and my family and our Southerness is that we are an Auburn family.
My dad went there, Jay graduated from there, Jay’s little brother is there now.
I was raised to be an Auburn fan from birth. And I will do the same for my children.
This is a BIG deal down here in the South. The SEC rules the roost. The other day, my brother posted a simple, “100 Days!” on his Facebook page and I immediately knew that it was exactly that long till the first Game Day of the 2012 season (it is down to the 80s by now! Yay! I cannot wait!)
Ezra’s dad, on the other hand, is a graduate of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. Yes, the very Texas A&M who left the Big whatever conference and are coming to the SEC this year. And playing one of their initial SEC games against Auburn in Auburn. And being that the Corps is the oldest military student organization in the country and Ezra’s dad was in the Corps band, which never missed a game his entire college career, he is a bit of an A&M fan in his own right.
Never during the years I was married to Ezra’s dad did this become a real issue. I will watch any college football and as Auburn and A&M were in different conferences they never met up on the field.
Until this year. So this is gonna be fun.
I have already done my best to inoculate Ezra from his father’s A&M influence. He has a myriad of Auburn paraphernalia from the pennant hanging in his room to pom-poms, jackets, hats and other such items.
More importantly he watches the games with us. Mostly because he has no choice, but we also try to explain it to him and play football with him. You know, make it fun and teach him. It will be a whole family deal. Sawyer already has Auburn gear to grow into (he wore his first AU shirt in the hospital when he was born – you get the idea?).
It is a full indoctrination program we have going. And Ezra’s dad has both noted and commented on this on several occasions.
Despite that, and with full recognition of the fact that I am such a big person spirit of thanks and Father’s Day, I bought Ezra’s dad an A&M flag he could fly outside his home with pride for A&M’s first season in the SEC. He will come to understand why the SEC is the most respected conference in the country and he will, eventually – provided A&M can hang – enjoy that same pride.
But a part of me was a bit concerned about purchasing something that could be used to undermine the Auburn training Ezra has had up till this point. So when Ezra asked very sweetly if he could get a little plastic Auburn helmet for two bucks at the register, I smiled and bought it for him.
And this morning when I dropped him off at school, he wanted to take the little helmet in for an additional show-and-tell. Hm, imagine that.
“Can I take the Auburn helmet to my Daddy’s house, Mommy?” he asked innocently as he got out of the car.
“You sure can, love. I got it just for you to keep at Daddy’s house, ok? War Eagle!!”
“War Eagle, Mommy!”
That’s right Ezra.