This morning, I was getting Mister Man ready to head off to daycare. He almost tied his shoes for the very first time. Almost. That’s not the point of today though.
Little Miss was already on the bus to preschool, so it was just to two of us. His shoes were on, as was his coat — and yes, I know it’s April 15. In Chicago, we still need a coat this late into spring.
We were almost to the car when I realized that he didn’t yet have a hat on. We wear a hat just about every day, either for protection from the cold during the winter with a ski hat or from the sun with a baseball cap during the summer.
I’ve gotten sightly out of the habit lately, but with the wee ones playing outside at daycare and during gym at preschool, I know it’s time to start focusing on the hats again. Little Miss chose her lilac White Sox hat without a fuss.
I remembered that I had a hat already in the car, so I suggested that he just put that one on.
Mister Man: I don’t want to wear that one.
Me: Really? Why not? (It’s always been one of his favorites.)
Mister Man: Because.
Me: (I’m intrigued now) Well, can you explain why?
Mister Man: Well, some of the kids don’t like the Cardinals.
Me: Ahhh. So you want to be like the other kids?
Mister Man: No, I still don’t like the cubs. I just don’t want them to know that I like the Cardinals.
Me: That’s ok. You don’t have to tell them.
Mister Man: I just don’t want them to make fun of me for liking the Cardinals.
Really? He’s five. He’s in preschool for goodness sake. Kids not only are choosing teams and pressuring others, but my boy has picked up on it. My boy who doesn’t always fit in the greatest and struggles with some of the social cues has figured this out.
And I absolutely did not make him wear the Cardinals hat. I’m just hoping that no one starts ripping on the Vikes. Then we might have to have a little chat.
Poor kid. Where does it go from here? What will actual elementary school be like? Middle school and yikes — high school?