On Being a Hockey Mom …
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
I love hockey. I never used to enjoy winter sports. That is, until my young son became involved in hockey. When that happened, it meant (by default) that I — his mom — had to become an active participant in the latest hockey rage too;)
Tonight, I watched the Canada U18 team win the gold over the United States team. I am proud that a Canadian team won. However, at the same time, my heart breaks for our American counterparts. As a mom, I know how heartbreaking it is to watch my son’s hockey team lose a game that they gave 110% in. I also know the joy that comes from a win. In fact, I can feel it right down to my toes!!!
As the Canadian players threw off their gloves and hockey sticks went flying, they all piled on the lucky kid in the middle, celebrating a huge win. The camera panned in on the US kids, tears streaming down their faces because even though it is an accomplishment, silver is never gold. I felt like I knew how the mothers of each of those boys felt. I bet they were proud of their kids no matter what their medal colour turned out to be ….. because that is what we as Mom’s do. It’s our job.
As a mom, I have learned far more than I ever learned as a child. I now know that boys really are cool and that girls have different dispositions (not that my son believes me;)) I now know that smiley fries are as gross as mushrooms and onions. I know that love has no boundaries. I know that hockey gear always smells. I know that seeing my child in pain is the hardest thing I can witness … but seeing him happy brings more joy than imagine-able.
But I have also learned that parenting (much like being a hockey coach) can be full of hardships and joy. As long as we teach our children right from wrong, love them unconditionally, teach them about Jesus and give them the tools they need to be amazing, parenting (or coaching) will be the single most important job we will ever do. My hope is to try and get it right the first time because unfortunately, we only get one chance<3