This past weekend, in way beyond freezing temperatures, I sat through my sons’ last hockey tournament of the season.
The last time I had to get out of bed entirely too early and trudge and slog my way down to the dreaded arena — and I never even had to do too many shifts.
As you may noticed, we are nearing the end of another winter sports season, and not a minute too soon.
The dark circles under the glazed eyes of not just the parents but the arena attendents.
We have put our time in both concession duty and bleacher duty, and become a close community for the betterment of our kids.
While sometimes the fun and said betterment of our kids may fade into the background at times, I’d like to think that the good outweighed the bad.
The level-headed prevailed over the unsteady, and the positive fought very hard to outweight the negative. It was a struggle, but I would like to think that this season of winter sports of skating, skiing or sledding — that all involved who participated this in any capacity will take with them the smiles, and learn from the frowns.
To teach the losses along with the victories, and how to handle it all in a fair and mature matter.
I am speaking of the grown ups here, not the kids.
It can sometimes be a challenge (at best) to maintain a positive attitude and emit that attitude to all who are around you.
Anyone who is thinking of getting involved in extracurricular winter activities needs to equip themselves with not only brass ones, but the tolerance and wherewithal to listen and not react.
In order to survive you have to live with the mantra that your child is not as good as you think they are, and that all you can do is guide them in a positive manner to reach their goals — and try to keep quiet while you’re doing it.
Its about the kids —and I hope they all had a wonderful year — take a bow.