Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tennis Anyone?

As I mentioned, Ernest is joining the middle school tennis team and now has the shoes to prove it. This is the first time one of my kids has participated in an organized sport.

I don't know why he didn't play last year. I think the timing of his piano lesson interfered. This year piano is at 7 p.m. Wednesday night. (Ugh! as far as my meal timing is concerned, but it does leave his afternoons free.)

Today was his first practice. And he received what he considered to be Very Bad News. Shorts. Are. Required. This boy's knees have not seen the light of day in years. This is in contrast to his brother at the same age, who wore shorts for the entire school year (and yes we do have cold and/or rainy mornings out here).

So I told him something Even. Worse. "I saved your brother's old gym shorts. You can wear them until we can get you something else." The look on his face!

So it's either go out of town shopping this weekend, because seriously? There's nowhere to buy athletic shorts here any more since the local sports store went out of business a couple years ago.
Or else there's the internet... Out-of-town or on-line? You know me. I ordered shorts and a plain red t-shirt from Land's End, because I'm pretty sure we'll get them before Monday's match.

Or maybe not. Those men in spandex are probably going to interfere with my FedEx delivery on Friday. Ernest may have to wear his brother's shorts after all. The HORROR!


Jen on the Edge said...

I rarely wear shorts either, so I understand Ernest's displeasure.

Grace has to wear a dress or skirt for 4th grade graduation in June. She's been dreading it since last year.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Imagine that! Shorts are required for tennis. Poor thing.

Look at the bright side, think of what he'd have to wear if he took up synchronized swimming.


Anonymous said...

We have to go to Big Stinky City tonight and Boy must go to American Eagle for plaid shorts. His **gasp** are too short!!

jenn said...

Oh, man, I feel his pain on having to wear shorts! That would be the deal-breaker for me.

Susan said...

I only know 1 other CA boy who never wears shorts - they are a rare breed.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Basketball shorts are in the stores right now--Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. I don't know if he needs special tennis ones for practice or just for games.

My boys have been wearing Speedos for so long they don't even notice anymore.

Dave said...

Dan would rather die then be seen in shorts. He has to wear them for Gym, and has a mans extra large that pretty much come to his ankles.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

LOL. My little boy joined the swim team at age five and has to wear those Speedos that look like bike shorts.

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

I used to wear shorts underneath my skirts. This was back in elementary school when we had to wear skirts as our dress code. School made us wear shorts underneath our skirts so we could take off our skirts during gym class (in front of the boys in class, no less!). To this day, though, I can't wear a skirt without getting the urge to put on a pair of shorts underneath it!