The Mighty Lion- Joey Harrington Bobblehead (a quickie story today).

As I sit here and watch Jake agonize over whether he is routing for the Detroit Lions or the Green Bay Packers, I am reminded that there was a time I had decided this for him. Given today’s big game at Lambeau Field, and Jake’s interesting decision to be Aaron Rodgers (GB Packers QB) for Halloween, this makes the story of Jacob’s 2nd Halloween all the more interesting. 

Jacob’s 2nd Halloween was the year 2004, if I’m doing my math correctly. He still wasn’t old enough to make his own decision as to what he wanted to be for Halloween, and anticipating it might be my last chance to dress him in Michigan teams as opposed to green and gold that everyone in our area wears, I decided he would be a Detroit Lion. And at that time, the Lion’s QB was a promising young Joey Harrington. (No idea what happened to him in real life… I assure you he did not work out as I had been promised…I think this was my flaw in the Lion’s planning. I should’ve had him be Jason Hanson. Hanson ROCKS!)

Jake’s uniform consisted of a Harrington Jersey, a pair of cute gray jogging pants, and was completed with a Lion’s helmet which was far too big, giving him the appearance of being a bobble head for the 3.7 seconds he’d leave it on his head. (He took it off so fast I could never get a picture of him with it on!) I dressed Jake in multiple layers underneath his costume, further giving him a buff and muscular appearance like a real football player. Jake toddled from house to house around the block, collecting candy from the reluctant cheeseheads, who all had something or another to say about him being out of place in the neighborhood. (All in good fun, believe me.) Jacob visited only a few houses before the thrill of treat or treating had wore off, and so we spent the rest of the night at home quietly enjoying regular family life.

Jake being a Lion was one of the cutest costumes I remember him wearing, (which… I might say about all of them, sorry….) but otherwise at that time was not particularly notable. Now this year, Jake is considering the same costume, but he’s playing for the other team. Who would’ve thought that a day that was seemingly so insignificant would become so controversial and exciting out of no where? How exciting to watch my little bobblehead growing up! 


About Mindy

I am a mother of two boys, a disc golfer, a former derby girl, a sonographer and an aspiring writer. Sometimes words and events replay in my head endlessly until I let them out. I am verbose. I have lots to say all of the time. If there's something you'd like to know, you'd be better off asking.
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