Mom Mondays: When the fat lady sings...The End of the Hockey Season is Near
Let’s estimate that the typical minor house league hockey season
covers 22 league games, some 22 to 25 practices, at least 12 tournament
games, and an exhibition game or two. That’s about 122 hours spent at an
arena. That’s right. I’m spending an entire work week (at least) in an
arena each hockey season.
Needless to say, once the season is finally over (and before spring
hockey or other off-season sports begin), it’s nice to kick back a
little, relax, breathe, and put the car in Park for a change.
So what are the things I look forward to the most once the hockey season is over?
Here is my Top Ten List:
- That second cup of coffee at the kitchen table on a Saturday
morning, or at the very least, finishing my first cup before it goes
cold or has to be transferred to a travel mug (and I might just get
crazy and buy a Saturday newspaper!);
- Not having a green pine cone or Christmas tree hanging from my
review mirror to offset the smell of hockey equipment (and for four
months I don’t have to be a mouth-breather all the way to the arena when
one of the kids has left their gear in the car overnight by accident);
- Having a normal dinner conversation that does not contain a single
hockey statistic because there’s only so long I can fake my way through
what a Save Percentage is—and I guess after 14 seasons, I am never going
to learn (then again, “normal” is pretty subjective with three
teenagers in the house);
- A grocery list that does not contain the words, HOCKEY TAPE!!!!!!!! even though it is like toilet paper—you never want to run out!
- Packing away my hockey blanket for another season (possibly even
freshly washed). Honestly, I am worse than Linus. And don’t even think
about using this as a summer picnic blanket! My God, people, I’ve been
sitting on it for 122 hours!
- Having a social conversation that is not punctuated with “Shoot!” or
“Clear it!” and better yet—having eye to eye contact with the person
I’m talking with because we’re not both glued to events on the ice.
- Not tripping over hockey sticks in the garage. Thank God we don’t
have a security camera in our garage. There is only so much
embarrassment I can handle and appearing on AFV would not help.
- Actually accepting a dinner invitation and possibly even attending
that dinner with my husband (this is, of course, if I have any friends
left after hockey season who are not hockey parents themselves).
- That BIG bottle of Pinot Grigio our hockey coach gives me at the
end-of-the-season hockey party as thanks for being his team manager.
Please. Just. Pour.
- And one that seriously worries me: Not having an excuse for a messy house! Seriously. Who’s going to clean this place up?
We are off to the Brampton Canadettes hockey tournament this weekend—our final hockey event of the season. So the fat lady is starting to clear her throat.
What do you look forward to most once the hockey season is over?