Alright, so I've been known as an overbearing mother, and proud of it. Each day when I get the kids from school there's usually a snack waiting in the car. Yesterday, was different. We stopped at our local fruit store after pick-up en-route to a park. It was probably one of the last days outside after school due to the weather and Jayla's asthma.
We've been to this fruit store many times before. They know us by name and the kids love going in for a smoothie or sometimes a soda. Anyway, the clerk began asking how Brent was doing in Atlanta. Of course the girls were excited to tell him that Daddy was coming home for Halloween. Small chat just like every other day; only this was different. On our way out, in front of other customers, he shouted one more thing. "I'd love to see your husband back in a Blackhawks uniform and trade for John Scott. Scott actually makes your husband look fast!" Yup, he said it - in front of the kids!
These kind of things really test my fucking patience. Just because my husband's a public figure, DOES NOT give you permission to insult in front of my children. The girls thought he was being nice and calling Daddy, "A fast skater." Jake, being 12, knew by my reaction that I was pissed. I took that incident to explain to him what a back-handed compliment was; along with an asshole.
A couple year back, we had another incident in front of Jake. Sopes was coming out of the rink with us after a game. On our way to the car he's usually signing autographs. A man with his son came up to us and handed Brent $5. Sopes looked at him funny and asked what it was for. The man said, "Use this to go and get a haircut. You're a role model for kids like my son and you shouldn't be walking around like that." Seriously, I could have jumped the guy right there. To insult my husband, not knowing what kind of man he was, and in front of our child?!?!?
This was one of the proudest moments I've ever experience being Brent wife. He was calm, handed the money back and signed his kids shirt. Upon walking away Sopes turned and said, "If you were your sons role model, just like I am to mine, you wouldn't be worrying about my hair." I was speechless.
Most people don't know why his hair is long. Simple - kids don't like change. It started back in Vancouver. Sopes and I went to NY for a weekend and ended up getting really bad haircuts that were outrageously expensive. He joked around that he wasn't getting a haircut for a while because of the price of the last one. Well, the kids loved it! Every time he said he was going to cut it off the kids would cry. Didn't bother us, he left it.
We've been dealing with this for years. Yes, Sopes is a hockey player. He's also a father and a husband. Sometimes fans will forget that by insulting the player, you're also hurting their children.