It’s Labour Day, and for most Canadian families this means school starts tomorrow. Though we owe our Labour Day – and the ensuing three-day weekend – to the union labour movement in Canada, its achievements now pretty much give way to the last big hurrah on the cottage dock before donning the new black hockey skates.
Excitement, nervousness and a sizeable chunk of reluctance live in the hearts of our kids as they head off to a brand new school year. Out of the blue, there will suddenly be strict bedtimes to observe, hair that must finally be brushed, shoes that actually have to be worn on their feet, lunches to be made, homework to be done, and the occasional yard duty teacher or principal to deke. What’s a kid to do?
Luckily, a lot these irritations will be mitigated by the fact that there will be friends with whom to reconnect and new ones to be made, and, of course, that hockey is about to get underway. The Zamboni has just cleaned the ice and as HockeyNow’s Mike Toth says, Let The Games Begin!
It’s been six months since I was last in a hockey arena. There was still snow on the ground and ice on the river. I think this has been my longest hiatus from minor hockey since I became a hockey mom waaaaaay back when. Since I’m now about to drop the puck on my seventeenth season as a hockey mom, you’d think a new hockey season would be old hat for me.
But it won’t be. There is lots of “new” in this upcoming hockey season even for a veteran like me. There will be so much “new” that I too will feel the excitement, the nervousness and a certain amount of reluctance when I drive over to the hockey arena later this month.
There will be new coaches to meet, new parents to whom I will introduce myself, new players to welcome to the team and to the dressing room, new speeches, new hockey bags, new equipment, new water bottles, new drills, new jerseys, new water fountains to figure out, new Apple playlists, new game sheet labels, new cell numbers to load into my phone, new Tim Horton’s to find, new referees, new opponents, new arena banners to see, new restaurants to try in tournament towns, new medals in familiar tournament towns, new noisemakers, new arena staff to get to know, and if you’re really, really lucky, a new hockey van (and a new way to figure out which side to fill it with gas!).
It’s a brand new hockey season and it will all be brand new. Again. And if you dare ask me, “Hey, what’s new?” don’t be surprised if I tell you! So whether this is your second or seventeenth hockey season, I urge you to look upon it with new eyes and renewed enthusiasm. It’s the new thing.
Three cheers for “new” hockey season – let the games begin.
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