In my earlier post, I said that Curious Girl is developing an attachment to Local Team. An attachment, yes, but she has no clue about football itself. As the game started, she said, "Mommy, why are they all falling down?"
Our friends gave her a jersey, which she first didn't want to put on over her fancy dress, but she eventually did. As soon as the kickoff sounded, though, she ran to take her dress off and to have her jersey on, to help Local Team. Then she noticed that she matched the people on the screen, and started saying "Mama! I came out of the TV! I'm going to help them play."
I don't think I've watched a sporting event with someone who is actively rooting in quite some time. Curious Girl just stared at one of our friends who was watching rather actively. Every time our friend would jump out of his seat in reaction to a play, CG would just look at him with this look of amazement.
"Where is my number? I want my number to have the ball," she kept saying. Then she and our friends' child would run off to lob balls around, or to watch Thomas the Frickin' Tank Engine. Whenever the adults reacted to the TV, she would come back to watch the replay.
We left the party after the first quarter. When we were talking about our favorite parts of the day, she said, "I liked the Super Goal party." (As someone noted in a comment over at Phantom's today, it's almost spring training, and from there, just a short hop to the World Serious. Anyone's child have a great new name for the Stanley Cup?)