© 2011 Aaron Atkinson

Top Shelf

My cousin Dave, the tomato blogger, has three adorable children. Because we live, as the crow flies, almost 1,700 miles apart, I’ve only met his young family a couple of times. But twice is enough to know that Henry, 6, is smart, funny and cool.

I keep the pictured hockey puck on top of a shelf at work. It reminds me of Canada. But the other day I happened to look at it and it reminded me of Henry.

When we last saw each other I asked Henry what his favorite sport was. The following interaction ensued…

Henry: Hockey.

Me: And which team is your favorite?

Henry: The Toronto Maple Leafs.

Me: Hey, mine too!

Me: Do you play hockey, Henry?

Henry: Yeah. In the street with my friend Jonah and my Mum.

Me: Are you any good?

Henry: Yeah. We make Mom play goalie. She saves a lot, but whenever I want to score, I can.

Me: How’s that?

Henry: (leaning in close, whispering and with an eyebrow raised) She can never save it when I go top shelf.

Sorry for sharing your secret Henry, hopefully your Mom doesn’t read this blog.

One Comment

  1. Posted March 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #

    I’d recognize that boy anywhere.

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