By the time you read this, Mother’s Day will just have passed. My own Mother’s Days have evolved over the years. My earliest ones were largely planned by my husband – a gift and a card signed as best possible by all the kids. Once my three children started elementary school, their teachers took over the handiwork involved in gift creation and many of those creations still adorn this household. Once the kids started high school, I resumed those pre-kid mornings with a still-quiet household as everyone sleeps.
So whether you found yourself at home this Mother’s Day or on the spring hockey season road with your player, I wish to commend you on all that you do. For sure you will find yourself among this beloved list of hockey moms:
To the hockey mom who gets up at 5:00AM to see off her early morning hockey crew despite drawing the mid-morning hockey shift – thank you.
To the hockey mom who delays bedtime to hear about her midget player’s game, despite having to be at the arena at 6AM the next morning – thank you.
To the hockey mom who collected the forms, placed the order, picked up and counted four hundred Christmas wreaths for the team fundraiser – thank you.
To the hockey mom who baked all those jersey-shaped sugar cookies, personalized with each player’s name for the team Christmas party – thank you.
To the hockey mom who mans the revolving door at home playing Chef Hockey Mom and Officer Homework – thank you.
To the hockey mom who persuades restaurant managers in away tournament towns that sixteen 14-year-old boys will behave in their restaurant – thank you.
To the hockey mom who inputs teams hockey calendars into her iPhone and then does the same for her husband (and maybe the hockey dad next to him too) – thank you.
To the hockey mom who makes the coffee run for other hockey parents before the canteen attendant gets to the arena – thank you.
To the hockey mom who volunteers as team manager and keeps us all organized and on time – thank you.
To the hockey mom who coordinates our social lives during the long, cold winter months – thank you.
To the hockey mom who doesn’t laugh at my prêt-à-porter arena chic – thank you.
To the hockey mom who does den mom duty and endures the threat of hearing loss due to loud music – thank you.
To the hockey mom who is captain of the team cheer squad, bringing noisemakers for the whole team – thank you.
To the hockey mom who travels with an extra set of gear in her car, in case someone forgets something – thank you.
To Paramedic Hockey mom who always has a first aid kit handy – thank you.
To the hockey moms who shrugs at dents in her garage door (even the ones put there by other children than her own) – thank you.
To the hockey moms of girls who champion gender equality and arena time equity – thank you.
To the hockey mom who teaches us (or tries to teach us) the ref signals – thank you.
To the hockey mom who travels to tournaments with a mini restaurant in her van – thank you.
To the hockey mom who travels to tournaments with a mini bar in her van – (double) thank you.
To the hockey mom who washed all those jerseys at the end of the season and returned them, smelling like roses, to the association – thank you.
To the hockey mom who puts together those amazing year-end photo books or slideshows – thank you.
If I missed a hockey mom on this list, thank you all the same! Sometimes hockey moms are the benchwarmers but usually hockey moms are the playmakers. I salute you all and sincerely hope your Mother’s Day was filled with love and hugs from all your hockey players.
Three cheers for hockey moms – happy Hockey Mom’s Day to them all!
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