With pride, that is.
Bennett, for being as good a reader as he is for a 5-year-old, is very apprehensive about trying to spell words. If he doesn’t know for sure how to spell something, he doesn’t try to write it down without help. I’ve been trying to build his confidence for months to no avail.
He got a book at the Cardinals game on Wednesday night, and there is a spot in there where you can write down your favorite all-time Cardinals team (which for him, consists of this year’s roster. It is important to note that he is OBSESSED with baseball, and specifically, the Cardinals. Consumed. So if he’s going to go out on a limb for anything, it doesn’t surprise me that it would be Cardinals-related.). He heard Luke was working on his list, so he did his own without me knowing. He brought me the list, and said something like, “I just wrote down whatever letters I wanted to.” I glanced at it, and jokingly sounded out one of the players’ names. Then, he said, “Read me my list!” And as I looked down the list, I realized, “Holy cow, he’s tried to spell players’ names!”
And, he matched up the players he chose with the correct position on the list. Some of them are a huge stretch, I realize…but I was so proud of his effort!
So his team includes (I’ll write down exactly the words he was writing):
P – Carpenter
C – Yadi
1B – Pujols
2B – Skip Schumaker
3B – David F (for Freese)
SS – Brendan
LF – Ludwick
CF – Holliday
RF – Colby Rasmus
I think that my favorites are Yide for Yadi and Hluda for Holliday. I can’t wait to see what this kid does in kindergarten!