Mom Mondays: That Sounds Like a Job for a Hockey Mom!
In our hockey house, all the responsibilities for the minor hockey season are divided into two categories: the mom jobs and the dad jobs. Yes, this categorization is extremely sexist but if you’ve ever seen me tape a hockey stick, you’ll know why.
My daughter’s 2016-17 Midget team is now set – the first practice and league game of the season already on the calendar. My calendar, anyway. This exercise made me realize there are many hockey season activities that seem to fall in the mom job category. In our household they include:
- Showing my husband how to subscribe to the team schedule and import to his calendar. “OK, first you click here, then here and you’re done.” Every. Single. Season.
- Sewing on the name bars on the game jerseys. I’m a terrible
seamstress. I’ve sewed so many name bars to the front of the jersey
while intending to only sew them to the back of the jersey, yet somehow –
some ninety jerseys later - this is still a mom job.
- Being Chief of the Potluck Police. The team icebreaker is coming up
and the dad job is to make sure a six-pack of beer is in the cooler. The
mom job is to access the google doc which identifies what food is
needed, and what has already been spoken, signs up for an entrée, and
makes that entrée so that the hockey party food is a little more
diversified than chips and – you know – beer.
- Booking the hotel rooms for away tournaments. There will be an email
from the team manager about a group booking at a conveniently located
hotel and there will be a deadline. It’s my job to make sure that
deadline is not missed; otherwise, if we are forced to stay at another
hotel, the entire away tournament experience will be an unmitigated
disaster (so I’ve been told).
- Doing all the hockey laundry. The gear may stay in the garage or
basement for the season, but once in awhile the undergear and hockey
socks must be cleaned. Have you ever heard that medical student trick of
putting Vicks VapoRub under your nose before their first autopsy?
That’s no med student trick, that’s a skillful hockey mom at work! This
is a job for the most resilient of characters – and the loving hockey
- Putting on my Chef Hockey Mom hat. No, dinner is not always at
6:00PM; it’s whenever the game is not. One day that may be at 4:00PM,
another day that may be 8:00PM (or both!). Stay tuned for the weekly
menu selections and serving times.
- Enlisting for Den Mom duty (for my daughter’s hockey team, anyway). I like The Weeknd
at maximum volume level, really I do. I can’t feel my ear drums. When
the music and the shrieking get too loud for me, I volunteer to fill the
water bottles. Far more peaceful.
- Arranging carpools for any upcoming (and ongoing) calendar
discrepancies. “Who’s driving who?” is the question, and this hockey mom
usually has the answer.
- Making the noisemakers for the season. It’s one of the biggest
hockey mom controversies: are you pro- or anti-noisemaker? I am
decidedly pro and my husband is decidedly against. Therefore? Mom job.
- Writing the team fee cheque and submitting to the treasurer. This
one usually hurts the most. It does not fall solely to me to make sure
there’s enough money to clear that cheque but it is this mom’s job to
make sure it gets submitted on time.
Among the dad jobs in our household, I do take for granted that the
hockey equipment is there and the skates are sharpened. It’s possible
that the dad job list is equally as long as the mom job but I doubt it!
It’s a tough job and the hockey mom is just the one to do it!
Three cheers for the hockey mom – for she is one busy lady!