As of last weekend, my 2014-15 hockey mom season was over—until September anyway! In my Mom Mondays post last week, I wrote about all the things I look forward to at the end of the hockey season. However, there are actually some things that I will miss about hockey season so I thought I would share with readers this week.
Here they are:
1. I will miss having a valid excuse to simply go ahead and order a pizza for dinner. I have often said that my favourite kitchen appliance is the telephone, especially when I am too tired and too busy to make a proper meal. I do love to cook and am keenly aware of the proper nutrition hockey players and other athletes require. But sometimes… just because…
2. When there are hockey moms around, it’s social. Even if you’re just standing in the arena foyer after the game waiting for your player, it’s social. I’m guaranteed at least three hockey parties a year (the Icebreaker, the Christmas Party, and the Year-Ender) times three hockey kids. That’s nine parties in eight months! That’s pretty exciting! And chances are pretty decent that I won’t have to stand in the corner waiting for someone to talk to me! I am going to miss that guaranteed social life. (But the September icebreaker is only six months away!)
3. For eight months of the year I have a steady excuse for a messy house and overflowing laundry basket. Now what? (Seriously, now what? Who’s going to clean this mess up?) People will now just think I am a slob.
4. I know I am constantly nagging the girls to get dressed because the coaches will soon want to come into the dressing room but I will seriously miss the girls’ incessant chatter and pop music in the change room. Little do they know that I shamelessly eavesdrop while filling their water bottles.
5. Road trips! Who doesn’t love a good road trip? The hockey season is rife with them. I realize that the hockey season does not coincide with the best weather conditions for endless driving but there is something exciting about a hockey road trip that is entirely unlike planned family vacations and excursions. My kids know it. I know it. They can’t wait to hear me sing Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” as we back out of the driveway. And it’s another excuse for pizza.
As my daughter’s hockey team lost in the quarterfinals at the Brampton Canadettes tournament, I watched her team gather to congratulate her goalie one last time, and then skate to the centre ice and shake hands with the opposing team and their bench staff. I love this hockey tradition that always signals the end of a hockey game. This time, it also marked the end of the season.
I guess I needn’t grieve too much. While the minor hockey season is now over, the NHL playoffs have yet to begin. Even as a spectator, the NHL playoffs offer plenty of opportunity for pizza nights, playoff parties, a messy house, endless armchair debate, and if we’re lucky—a road trip or two!
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