When TJ Oshie lived at our house

Time for a little love to this neglected blog. (I ‘write’ posts for here often. In my head. They just don’t get from there to the keyboard.) I could explain it’s because I blog for others (clients). But I do love blogging. It’s sad this space has been neglected. So here’s a quick post:

TJ Oshie is now The Star of the Sochi Olympics, getting the call to shoot 6 times in an epic shootout in the USA vs. Russian Olympic Hockey Game. He made 4, including the game-winner. We’ve followed Mr Oshie since his days as a Warroad high school hockey player — and especially as a UND Fighting Sioux Player. His years there were our first years living in our new home in Minnesota.

Sad face since this was the last Sioux game at REA we'd be attending that season. Matt, 2006.
Sad face since this was the last Sioux game at REA we’d be attending that season. Matt, 2006.

Matt adored TJ Oshie! We didn’t know how much until this incident.

It was February, and Matt’s First Grade Teacher phoned me after school. “Elizabeth, I don’t want to worry you, but I’m thinking you can explain this. Matt has been doing all his worksheets in green marker. In fact, he needs new green markers, they are all used up. And in the line at the top of the page for his name, he’s been writing ‘TJ Oshie.'”

I laughed, and explained green was the color of his beloved UND hockey team, of which a TJ Oshie was a star. How was she to know?! We agreed it wouldn’t require a psychologist.

One of Matt's doodle sheets from First Grade. No wonder he used up every green hue in his marker box.
One of Matt’s doodle sheets from First Grade. No wonder he used up every green hue in his marker box.

So I told Matt that story today and we all laughed.

It seems like it was just yesterday. But yet it seems so long ago.

Probably how TJ Oshie feels. Thanks for representing Minnesota, UND and our country so proudly, TJ. And thanks for giving our little guy a true hero to follow.

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