The hardest job I ever had next to a sports field was being a goalie mom of not one, but two girls. I admire their willingness to stand in the net and be the last line of defense. Emotions next to that field was gigantic from shouting and screaming to jumping for joy. Being the first goalie season for both my girls, this household did not know what was COMING…nor did the girls see the ugly side of mom..acting like a lunatic when that ball is heading straight for my precious baby…o gosh….i would turn around and run without looking back…..do you know how fast that ball gets hit to the post? I stand behind the post when they play..and boy…its grueling.
Watching your child full of confidence or with slumping body language when the save was not made. it’s heartbreaking. Worst of all, it’s the looks of sympathy you get after your child had a bad game. That tilted head, sad eyes through the cage…saying MOM please help……and the look from the other parents who are thanking God their child isn’t the goalie. But building their confidence back up after the game is my job. Convincing them that they did the best they could and that is all that matters.
Yes, these things are many of the challenges of being a Goalie Mom but they don’t come close to the joy and pride that’s also felt each time they take their spot in the net. Knowing that the entire week was full of arguments about carrying the dreaded kit up and down but persisting, doing their Job and loving it for themselves and the team. So to celebrate the end of a very new and exciting hockey season for Timoné and mid-season for Clarissa I can only do as I know how. Through my lens….. To the bravest girl’s I know and proud to be their MOM! I know this was not easy but thank you for honoring what we believe in.. ALWAYS finishing what you start and NEVER giving up. YOU made us Proud!