Cole announced he's giving up his aspirations for a career in rock and roll for something much more attainable, and possibly, even more lucrative: he wants to be an "ushertainer" for the Saint Paul Saints.
Long story short? We have season tickets to the Saints. Have for like, 9 years. Dan and the kids spend many a summer's evening sitting in the front row, next to the visitor's dugout, enjoying baseball as it's meant to be: outside, and with really goofy sideshows. These sideshows are provided by the Saints' talented crew of "ushertainers."
Long a fan of each ushertainer, this year Cole has taken to dressing like his favorites. In the picture above, Cole is dressed as "Mini Super Fan" modeled after, of course, regular sized "Super Fan," who took Cole under his wing on this particular night, where the evening culminated in chants for Mini Fan, singing autographs, and posing with hot teen-aged chicks:
Last night, Cole went to the game dressed as the ushertainer known as "The Nerd." It must have been convincing enough, because, yet again, the full-sized Nerd took Cole under his wing and they made their way around the stadium, geeking out and entertaining the crowd. Next thing i know, Dan is calling, telling me to turn on the TV because Cole and the Nerd are "bringing the next inning in."
Surely enough, five minutes later, there's my boy, with glasses and an assortment of pens in the pocket of his plaid shirt, being interviewed, and mouthing the words, "HI MOM" to me, on regional cable access.
I don't deserve this kid sometimes.
Now keep in mind, I wasn't there at the game. I rarely go. Not a big baseball fan. I don't even know who sent Dan these pictures. But I think i need to check it out in person soon. Cole informed me last night he may just get a "gig" with the Saints, for real.
When I picked Dan and Cole up from last night's game, Cole says, "Mom, my voice hurts SO much from all the yelling I did [as the mini geek]… I feel like John Lennon after he recorded 'Twist and Shout'."
Suffice to say, you never know when you're possibly mothering the next big thing.