“Where’s your medal?” asked the eight-year-old boy looking at a picture of my family.
In the picture, my daughter, son, and husband all wore medals around their necks.
That’s because one weekend my daughter’s hockey team won a tournament, so she got a medal. Then my son’s hockey team won a tournament, so he got a medal. Because my husband was the head coach of my son’s team, he got a medal, too.
But there was no medal for me.
There SHOULD be a medal for hockey moms, though.
Indeed, a medal for hockey moms should be awarded for meritorious service in:
-Providing undying support when your kids win
-Providing undying support when your kids lose
-Making endless trips to the local rink
-Making endless trips to out-of-town tournaments
-Freezing your butt off at the rink
-Lugging around a blanket even in the summer months
-Paying ice fees
-Then paying team fees
-And then paying for equipment, good Lord, all the hockey equipment
-Don’t forget paying for hotels and meals at tournaments
-Enduring stinky car rides with equipment and sweaty players
-Driving a certain kind of car just because it’s big enough for all the hockey equipment
-Listening to refs make some bad calls or some crazed parent from the other team ring a cowbell
-Saying encouraging things to help your kids get better, stronger, tougher
-Enduring eye rolls, blank stares or polite “thanks” from your kids after all the encouraging things you said to help them get better, stronger, tougher
-Tolerating hockey rink coffee
-Or spending big bucks on Starbucks coffee
-Getting skates sharpened
-Tying skates tight enough when the kids were younger
-Buying team warm ups and hoodies
-Wearing personal clothes in team colors
-Cheering wildly for your kids
I could go on, but I’ll stop. After all, I need time to make 2 trips to the rink later. Nonetheless, now you know all the reasons why hockey moms deserve a medal!
What would you add?