We don’t celebrate Mothers Day any more. That is a thing of the past because of soccer.
Celine is back playing after a nearly three month layoff with a foot injury. That means her Force team is in the annual Novi Jaguars soccer tournament and it is soccer all weekend and all the time. Her team won twice on Saturday and we could play as many as three games on Mother’s Day.
My favorite part about the tournament is that it rains every Mother’s Day. One tournament it was so cold that Celine was frozen solid and could not move. I carried her across the field to the car and was huffing and puffing and could not make it. A nice guy helped me out and carried her the rest of the way. This was before I started taking better care of myself. We stripped the girl down in the car and turned on the heat to thaw her out.
Her team normally makes the finals which means we don’t get off the soccer pitch until late afternoon or early evening. You simply can’t walk into a restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day smelling like wet cat. That does not work and I am sure if we tried it the nice manager would show us a nice table behind the restaurant in the alley.
We are going to try to honor our ladies today with a brunch on the field following the morning game. The problem is it is raining again which means we need a tent or a shelter. Of course there won’t be one and those bagels are sure going to be soggy.
The thing that I’ve discovered is that this is not Mother’s Day for parents with athletes. It is kids day. It is always kids day. We make sacrifices in life and the kids don’t appreciate it until later in life. But it is still a fun ride. We just love being together. That is the most important thing whether you are at a soccer tournament or lying around the house.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I hope yours is more normal than ours.