What. A. Week.
I think the “Emma” craziness has finally died down. Never in a million years did I think my little mommy blog would end up on national news. When I originally wrote about Emma’s day, I pictured my audience as my small group of mommy-friends. I did not have the slightest clue the entire nation would be reading too. We just thought it was a funny story because we had no idea Emma would have such a strong reaction to coloring a Jayhawk. I did what I thought was right as a parent in making her finish the assignment and apologizing for her behavior. At the same time I made sure she knew we were proud she stood up for what she was raised to be – a Wildcat fan. Like most parents, I am always questioning myself if I’m doing the “right” thing. Parenting is not easy.
Emma has no idea how “famous” she is. We shielded her (and ourselves) from local and national reporters. We thought it was a little bit too much attention for a 5 year old. We did print out the articles written and the nice comments left on my blog for her to read later. We recorded College Gameday for her to go back and watch when she’s older. One day, she will realize what a big deal she was.
Emma very much enjoyed her night in Manhattan on February 13th. She had the biggest smile on her face when she got to meet Willie, the Wildcat. Willie even gave her a hand-written note!
She got to give a high-five to all the KSU players as they ran from the tunnel. Emma got to meet Frank Martin. He whispered something to her and held her hand for the longest time (we later got her to tell us what he said – that he is her best buddy). We got to watch the KSU/KU game from the tunnel for the majority of the first half. She handled her “Fan of the Game” presentation like a pro. She smiled at the 10,000 or so people chanting her name while she stood on the court with Scott and me. She met a lot of new friends that night. There were a lot of high-fives and pictures taken. It was one of the coolest nights I have ever had in my entire life (this goes for Scott too). I hope Emma remembers it forever. Gosh, we love K-State! Thank you to every one in the K-State athletic department for rolling out the purple carpet for Emma! Truly, a once in a lifetime experience!
If you’re still sticking around to read my blog, thank you. I like to post things I want to go back and remember years from now. I try to keep it light and funny. I hope to keep you laughing because that is something we do a lot in this house. And with that, I will leave with the newest round of “Oh Emma, Oh Kate”.