HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns
January 15, 2007, Herald Journal

Mommy, are you ‘my’ fan?

By JEN BAKKEN

When Dwayne Roloson was the goalie for the Minnesota Wild, I took my children to an autograph signing.

“Rolie the goalie” was at Tri-K Sports in Maple Plain and on our way there, my youngest son asked, “Mommy, what’s an autograph?”

I wasn’t sure how to explain this to a preschooler. I told him it’s when a famous person signs his name and gives it to you.

His next question was, “Mommy, what does famous mean?”

I told him if a person is famous, people know them for something, and they have fans who are excited to have autographs they can show off to other people.

I knew, at this age, my son would just have to ask another question and this time, it was, “Mommy what’s a fan?”

After some thought, I tried to phrase it in a way he could understand by telling him, “Well, honey, a fan is someone who thinks that person is the best.”

Quickly, and ever so seriously, he asked, “Mommy, are you my fan?”

I told him that, of course, I was; he was famous in my eyes and I’d love his autograph.

When we arrived at Tri-K Sports, I thought my little guy fully understood what we were doing and why we were there. There, at a table, was Dwayne Roloson. I’m not sure who was more excited, my oldest son or I, as we happily accepted our autographs.

Then, it was my youngest son’s turn and he looked right at this NHL goalie and said, “You don’t look like a hockey player.”

I think Rolie was a bit surprised by this, and he explained maybe he looked different without his goalie gear.

Next, my not-shy-a-day-in-his-life, son stated, “Well, I don’t really watch hockey anyways; maybe you’d like my autograph.”

Roloson and his wife, who was sitting next to him the whole time, couldn’t help but chuckle at this.

My oldest son was embarrassed and walked away. I stood there, hoping my favorite Wild goalie wasn’t offended or annoyed.

Roloson looked at my son, trying not to laugh, and said; “Sure buddy, I’d love your autograph.”

My son signed his name and handed it over as if it were the most natural thing he’d ever done. I heard giggles continue while we walked to the door.

To this day, I wonder if “Rolie the Goalie” still has my son’s autograph!

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in you life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools, and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com or mail them to Tiny Tales, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328, or just stop by our office next to New Attitudes Salon, Hwy 12 East.