Anyway. Tuesday night was, as usual, Hockey Night for Thing 2. A couple of seasons ago, there was a Change in Management and since then, things have been, how shall I put this, unfair and unbalanced as far as how teams are decided. Each season, there is one team that is totally "stacked," rules aren't enforced and there's always at least one player, sometimes more, who thinks their last name is "Hanson" and they play for the Charlestown Chiefs.
But Thing 2 loves her hockey and she's just out there to have fun. She doesn't take it too serious and as long as she's happy, I'm fine sitting in my chair at the end of the rink cheering her on and watching the drama unfold. And lately, there's A LOT of drama.
This weeks game was against one of the "stacked" teams and it was clear from the first few minutes of the game that it was going to be completely lopsided. Again. Thing 2's coach knew from the outset it was going to be ugly and told his players to just go out there, do their best and have fun.
So I'm sitting there and one of the other moms comes and stands next to me, watching the carnage. This particular mom is very
So I make my "having fun" comment and Hockey Mom looks at me and sputters, "I am not paying $150 a season for my son to have FUN." I blinked at her a couple of times and said, "Allrighty then" and went back to watching our team lose 0-8. After the game, I asked Thing 2 if she was still having fun and she told me that even though things are pretty dismal, if she wasn't having fun, she wouldn't be out there.
I dunno, Hockey Mom's comment just struck me as funny even though I guarantee that was NOT her intent because hockey and youth sports aren't supposed to be fun, dammit!