"Do you know what a celebrity is?" I asked.
(We got him out of Southern California just in time, folks -- just in time.)
When I explained that it was someone recognizable, someone who excelled in their field, like music, cooking, acting or sports, he jumped right on the sports ticket.
"I want to be a sports celebrity!"
He couldn't think of a single celebrity sportsperson, however, since he's not that kind of kid. Yet. Not into basketball, not into football, not into soccer (other than his own games), and only marginally interested in baseball.
(Ask him to tell you about any of the peripheral characters in Star Wars or Spiderman, however, and you'll get an earful. And an invitation to duel with plastic lightsabers. Consider yourself warned.)
But where there's a will there's a way, and the boy got his wish.
The one sports figure he knew? The one he's known since birth?
Why, the Dodgers' own Vin Scully, of course!
Check out his awesome broadcaster blazer and his kickin' press pass, which he kept around his neck in case anyone here in Hawaii wasn't quite sure who in the heck he was.
(By the way, there were plenty of those folks.)
Epilogue: After this photoshoot, he was bum rushed by a zealous female fan who mistook him for Bob Barker and smothered him with kisses.
I guess it's true that even celebrities have it tough, sometimes.