There has been a long standing rivalry between Mac's Dad's family and ours. USC vs. Notre Dame...actually it's USC vs. Anyone. However, now poor Sean and I need to proudly wear the cardinal and gold for the next four years because they happen to be the colors of Mac's new high school...
It took a few months to weigh numerous factors and make a decision about what high school seemed like it would be the best fit for Mac. Since he was kept in the dark for most of it he asked that when the decision was made that we have a high school reveal party...much like the gender reveal parties he had seen all over Pinterest. He wanted to cut into a cake and reveal the high school colors.
In the end, it did not turn out to be a big surprise. Mac went with us on a tour with an assistant principal where he asked about the cheerleading squad...it turned out try-outs were that day. Mac has dreamed of being a cheerleader since he was little. I worked as a high school instructional aide and we attended every home football game. He knew many of the cheers and wanted us to build him his own cheerleader box like the girls stood on during games.
I took home a packet of information about the team and called the director to explain the situation, tell her a little about Mac and see if for some reason she was looking for a little "diversity" on the team (they currently did not have any other boys). We were so lucky that she was eager to meet him and asked if he could come to try-outs later that afternoon. By the end of the day he was told they would like to have him as part of the freshman team.
His dream came true.
Sean and I went out that weekend while Mac was with his Dad and we had a cardinal and gold craft supply fest. I got to work crocheting a blanket and Sean started cutting out letters and stitching them on a shirt. A few days later we baked a cake and "surprised" Mac. He was given half a blanket and a half-finished t-shirt...
Then my mom and sister joined in on the fun as only they can (especially considering they were given less than 24 hours notice on the party). My mom brought Elmo themed items since that is the nickname of his new high school and my sister sewed up three El Mo snack bags for him. Mac's dad came over too and we had a really great time celebrating his high school reveal.
So the cardinal and gold is growing on me, but no matter what the colors are I cannot wait for the next four years.