I first wrote about our 3-year-old’s imaginary soccer team (check out Emi’s Imaginary Friends) back in January, and today, in September, I am happy to report that the Soccer Girls, as she calls them, are still alive (well, in her imagination anyway) and well.
As a member of the team, Emi of course has to wear her soccer shoes and soccer uniform pretty much daily. Her preferred “uniform” is the Auburn cheerleading costume her Alabama grandparents sent to her, but she doesn’t know the difference between soccer and cheerleading, so it doesn’t really matter, does it? Sometimes for practice — and only if her uniform is in the wash and not because it’s the ideal choice or anything — she can wear a pair of swimsuit bottoms with a t-shirt for soccer. But for games, she needs the real uniform. That’s just good sense.
“Present” is a big part of Emi’s Soccer Girls play. Present is Emi’s best friend from the team. Here at our house we’ve always known her as Present, although we recently learned that Present is only her nickname and that her real name is Erica. Whatever her name is, she spends a lot of time at our house. She may even live here; I’m not exactly sure.
I do know that we endure a lot of comments from “Present” on how “Present” thinks things ought to be done around here.
Furthermore, the Soccer Girls’ coach has started instituting some intrusive rules that affect our family life. According to Emi, her “coach” has been telling players to pass along to parents various instructions on such items of discussion as bedtime (the “coach” doesn’t want the players getting a lot of sleep, apparently), hairstyles (the “coach” doesn’t want players’ heads damaged by rough brushing and too-tight ponytails), and diets (the players mostly stick to a diet of cereal).
Emi takes her participation on the team very seriously. There is always a practice or a game looming ahead of us. She calls it “soccer-sizing.” She talks about the size of the Soccer Girls team and her teammates (besides Present) in vague terms, so I don’t know a lot of details there, but I do know that Emi’s real-life little sister Marsielle, her cousin Tay, her friend Rylee, and I personally have been known to play on the team now and then.
An equally funny part of the whole scenario is that 5-year-old Asher noticed that his little sister Emi was getting a lot of attention because of the Soccer Girls gig, so he conjured up the Soccer Boys a few months ago. His best friend on the Soccer Boys team is named “America.” America spends a lot of time at our house too. Asher doesn’t take soccer too seriously, but his friend America sure does. In fact, America and Present are very competitive with each other.
So our family continues to grow… in a very imaginary way.
© Tami Blake
Photos taken by Aunt Sue at this spring’s Sacred Heart play day!