Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Sharks are Back

We have come full circle. What goes around comes around. There is nothing new under the sun.

These phrases came to mind when I was thinking of what I wanted to write about a basketball game that my husband Frank, son Michael and I went to last Saturday. I went prepared with a camera and took all kinds of pictures in anticipation of having a new blog post.  The basketball team is a local team in little ole' Rochester, New York in the Premier Basketball League. Their name is what made it all click for me.

They are the Rochester Razorsharks. We have sharks in our life again.

Just the word "shark" used to send my son into a panic. He developed an unexplainable fear of sharks when he was just a tadpole himself going to preschool. He could not hear the word shark, see pictures of a shark and especially could not even look at water in a tank or on a movie screen. We had to leave a Veggie Tales movie (he LOVED Veggie Tales) because it started with a scene underwater in the ocean.

We tried to shield him as much as possible from anything sharky but, unbeknownst to us, we ended up making the biggest faux pas in that area. Frank and I decided to go on a trip to Cape May, New Jersey because we heard it was a quaint, oceanside town known for its' Painted Ladys (Victorian houses painted in the colors of the era). We drove the 6 hours to get there only to discover that their town mascot was...........dun dun dun dun

a shark!

We walked into a gift shop and there was a huge shark hanging from the ceiling...kinda like this...except the ceiling was a lot lower in the gift shop!

He screamed from his stroller. The card rack had pictures of sharks on all the cards! He screamed again. Most of the storefront windows had a shark something in them or painted on them.....I think it was some kind of celebration for their mascot that weekend! It was not good.

As he grew up we removed pictures of sharks from any books he got, we changed the channel quickly if a shark appeared on the TV, and we did not talk about sharks.

Fast forward to 2012 and he is 13 years old. He is so much better about the whole shark thing but still refuses to go on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios when we go next month....darn! Frank and I really want to check that out!
So how come he has no problem with the local basketball team having "sharks" in their name? He can sit at the game with this on the one end of the court....

Directly in front of us was a clear image of a shark on the phone....

Even the girl doing the stats had her hair done special that day with a shark fin dyed blue on the top of her head...

No problem for Michael!! His mother was half eaten by a shark named problem!

He could even watch Finley dance with the other teams' mascot.....

Ah, well, the game was fun, the Razorsharks won and we had a nice family day. He had the day off from school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day so I took him to another Razorsharks game that day and he will be going this Sunday with Frank again. Can't get enough of those RazorSHARKS....go figure....

AnnMarie  :)


  1. I wonder what made him so scared. But it's great to hear that he got over the "shark" phase.

    Anyway, great post! =)

  2. OH no...I googled the Jaws ride to see how scary it looked only to learn the ride was shut down January 2, 2012!!!


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