Mom Mondays: Hockey Mom New Season Resolutions
I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions in January. What’s the point?
All I really want to do in January is curl up under a blanket and wait
for the snow – and ice – to melt. Or hop on the next flight to anywhere
on earth where my fingers aren’t numb. I do make New Year’s resolutions
in September, however.
September is all about back-to-school and, of course, back-to-hockey. Ah, back-to-hockey. I can almost smell the canteen coffee laced with Zamboni fumes.
Somewhere between dive-bombing for that very last Last Jedi binder for school or that CCM hockey stick for hockey, I really do find time to think about myself and what are my goals as a hockey mom for the upcoming season. And I have big goals for this season. BIG goals. For example,
- I’m going to be on time. I know I say this at the beginning of every
season but I mean it this year! I’m going to set an alarm to be at the
rink on time for that 4:00PM game.
- I’m going to have those namebars sewn on those jerseys waaaay before Christmas this year. I mean it!
- I’m going to wash out that water bottle at least one a week.
(Because promising myself to do so after each ice time is just crazy
- I’m going to stay warm. I’m going to worry less about how my
appearance and more about making sure my ears, toes and fingers do not
turn blue. This calls for some serious hockey-blanket-shopping-therapy.
- I’m going to learn all the referee hand signals once and for all!
- I’m going to tip the canteen kid. It’s crazy enough that I’m
out of bed this early on a Saturday morning; that teenager got out of
bed to actually make coffee for me while I watch my kid at hockey
practice. That calls for an extra loonie! (And I am not going to eat any
canteen fries. Nope. Put them away. Ok, wait … just one.)
- I’m not going to lose my Buy 10 Get 1 Free skate sharpening customer appreciation card this year and find all six of them two weeks after hockey season is over.
- I’m not going to even talk about the hockey game in the car ride
home, except to tell my kids what a great time I had watching them.
Unless they’re spilling their Slushie all over my car. Then, they’re
going to hear about it!
- I’m not going to crush my kids’ or any other kids’ NHL dreams. It’s
true that the odds of them making it the NHL are roughly the same as
being chosen by Mars One to colonize the red planet but does that matter
when they’re eight years old? (While I’m at it, I am also not going to
crush my kids’ or any other kids’ dreams of being an astronaut. That’s a
pretty good back-up plan.)
- I’m going to let them swim in the hotel pool before their tournament game. GASP! Swimmers’ legs, schwimmers legs.
Of course, making my resolutions in September rather than December
generally has no bearing on my ability to keep these resolutions, but no
harm in dreaming, right? Ain’t nobody gonna crush this hockey mom’s
Three cheers for the new hockey season – and all those new season resolutions!