Whew. That’s me wiping my brow now that the fall sports season is over in our house.
My son, 16, played water polo for his high school while my daughter, 12, played volleyball for her middle school.
Both of them also played ice hockey a bit, too, as that is a sport that seems to go year round. In other words, even though it’s a winter sport, there are always fall leagues that are strongly “encouraged”. That’s code for you better play in the fall if you want to play on our team in the winter!
Okay, not really.
Anyway, so 7th grade volleyball was new to us this year. My daughter had never played before and wanted to try it after going to a summer camp.
Thankfully, she made the team! She was so excited. We signed on for practices every day after school except when they had two games each week.
Next, a link was sent out to buy spirit wear or team swag.
“The season is, like, two months,” I thought. “We don’t need a shirt,” I thought.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
My daughter was in tears two weeks later when she swears she was the ONLY ONE on her team without spirit wear.
Um, who buys 7th grade volleyball swag?
Um, EVERYONE BUT ME.
I frantically emailed the sportswear dealer for any leftovers. She emailed back that many other bad parents were in line in front of me to buy her extras.
This was literally one hour after the practice in which the spirit wear had been distributed.
The next day she emails that all she has left is a 2XL t-shirt for my 7th grade daughter.
I TOOK IT.
Now, because this was outside the general spirit wear order for the school, I had to pick up the shirt myself. We had to drive out in the country to her “dropbox” and pick up the shirt.
The “dropbox” was located in a scene out of a horror movie. So of course I took a picture of my tween in the woods getting her shirt out of the box before the monster jumped out and ate us both.
Next I looked on the web for ways to make a 2XL shirt work for an average size 7th grader.
We landed on this YouTube video of how to make no-sew t-shirt tote bag:
And we did it, we made a volleyball swag tote bag! With only a minimal amount of blood, sweat and tears (from me, not her).
But, moms and dads, don’t be like me. Do yourself a favor and just buy the team swag or spirit wear.