Believe it or not, these are real, functional shin guards. They belong to my 4 year old niece, Sadie, who starts organized soccer for the first time in a few weeks. The hands belong to my sister in-law, who, despite what you might think from this picture, does not have freakishly large appendages.
On a related note, you may be wondering if I am “doing my part” in making sure that Sadie grows up liking the “right” kind of football? I am. Sadie has a full New England Revolution tracksuit, a New England Revolution t-shirt, her own pair of Sambas, and to take her gear to her first “match” she has a Boston Breakers gym sack and mini ball (What?! I thought the league would last!), and her own set of practice cones.
I also bought her first baseball glove (you’d be surprised how hard it is to find a real, leather glove for somebody who would wear shin guards as small as the one above!) which she used for t-ball this spring.
She also had a Johnny Cash and a Ramones onesie when she was little(r) because, well, I’ve got to start her on the right path musically as well.
…get in there Sadie Claire!!