Hockey moms are known for a lot of things: driving, organizing, shopping, feeding, soothing, cheering, filling up water bottles, tying skates, learning how not to pass out from the smell of hockey equipment, just to name but a few.
We are also known for our partiality to lucky charms. A lucky charm is something or someone believed to bring good luck. I sincerely believe my lucky charms will bring my kids’ teams a measure of good luck. I am a university-educated professional and the statistical evidence I have to support this claim is exactly zero. No matter. The emotional evidence is vast and irrefutable.
Lucky charms need no explanation or justification. They just “are” but I am happy to share a small selection of my collection with you.
I have my lucky jacket. This is my hockey association-logoed jacket that I wear to all league games. The team player contact card is found in one of the pockets at all times along with a little pocket change for a cup of coffee. My hockey jacket intimidates the hockey moms on the other team, I’m sure of it.
I have my noisemakers, which are legendary by the way (and not for the right reasons, if you ask my husband), and which, for the last few seasons, have taken the form of repurposed Gatorade bottles filled with coffee beans. My noisemakers make a magical, musical noise and make all the players on our team skate a little faster, I’m sure of it.
I have lucky jewelry. I have hockey mom earrings and a team-coloured necklace which is worn interchangeably with my goalie mask necklace, depending on which child is playing. These talismans ensure the puck stays out of our net and finds its way into our opponents’ net, I am sure of it.
And I have my team-coloured, fleece, hockey mom scarf that can be found draped around my neck at all league games. One year, all the hockey moms on the team had matching scarves. We were a force to be reckoned with. My hockey scarf makes sure all the offsides are called on the opposing team and not ours, I am sure of it.
Every hockey mom has her own lucky charms and knows they’re special. None of them – zero – are worn or used outside the hockey season, nor even outside a hockey arena. They are worn or used with reverence only during the hockey season (ok, maybe during the World Juniors and the Olympics too).
There’s a mad rush at the beginning of the hockey season to locate all my hockey mom lucky charms, with an occasional moment of panic when I can’t find one item (usually that matching earring) and fret that I may have to start the season without one of them. Invariably I do find them all, and announce to the family that we are ready for Game One.
And that’s when I can safely move on to execution of hockey mom superstitions. Oh boy.
Three cheers for our lucky charms – may they bring the luck they claim to!
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