It has to happen at some point, especially if one has a boy. At some point, I have to become a Soccer Mom, if only for a season. I’m secretly wishing that it’ll catch on with at least one of the boys since I like the sport.
On the other hand, maybe I should wish that they will all have a preference for basketball. It is at least an indoor sport! I thought about this last weekend when we arrived at the field in a torrential rain storm and I prayed for game cancellation despite my sons’ enthusiasm. We had just the day before gone to the soccer store and purchased cleats for both (poor Seth can barely walk in regular shoes) and socks and shin guards and balls. Noah would have worn the cleats and shin guards to bed if I had let him. So when the coaches started yelling out “U8 games are cancelled” I was very happy. The boys, however, decided that the now sprinkling water shower was actually enjoyable and they spent the next 30 minutes sloshing about in a mud puddle….in their new shoes!
So here’s my list of things you need as a Soccer Mom…in very little particular order…and with the caveat that we’ve only had one “game” for each kid and my thoughts are highly likely to change over time.
- The perfect water bottle. The ones that leak all over the neighboring diaper bag while at the bottom of the stroller are not so ideal. The ones that shrink to one third the original size as a result of dishwasher cleansing even if on the upper rack are also now worth only recycling. The ones that Micah has chewed on the pop-up value so much that they can’t close anymore are also of little value. I know….probably should get a Nalgene.
- Collapsible captain’s chair. I have two of them. They work fine, but they really are a pain to carry on one’s back while pushing a stroller through damp grass to the farthest field EVER! And who wants to fold them and put them back in their “handy” bags?!?!
- A golf umbrella. Let’s face it – despite years of ridiculing my father for such a HUGE umbrella, last week I looked on other people with envy as they kept “mostly” dry with kids scurrying around under their feet.
- A really warm parka. Again, back to the basketball. I’m not sure I’m cut out for rainy days, cold days. I might need inside sports to avoid the damp cold (and I certainly don’t plan to be the one to teach the boys to ski!).
- Rubber car mats. After playing in the rain and the mud, I’m pretty adamant that they remove their shoes as they clamber into the van….before stepping on the seats as they make their way into their carseats (and thank goodness for babywipes when they do get things muddy!).
- Extra shoes to have the boys change out of cleats when they finish playing. I haven’t figured out the logistics of this yet – which is why 3 of them (my nephew also plays at the same time as Micah but on a different teams so they don’t strangle one another or just stand on the field making potty sounds at each other) wore cleats to the movie theater see “Finding Nemo 3D” yesterday afternoon!
- Extra food in the car. Even though the boys get a snack after the game (and I was wondering today what I’ll do when it’s my turn), they still pile into the van and ask “what do you have to eat?” I must remember that they eat every 2 hours no matter what and are not capable of “calmly” overcoming this strong impulse.
- A duffle bag to keep team shirts, socks, shoes, shin guards and balls in whenever a straying item is found throughout the week so that by Saturday morning you can just grab it and go.
- Grandma! Yes, she is vital for pushing a stroller through long damp grass, carrying folding chairs on the back, taking siblings to the “potty” while the other one plays (or just changing a diaper on the ground), cheering loudly, and generally just helping with everything!
- A strong heart to swell with pride at every goal, every good defensive play, pretty much every move. It’s amazing how teary-eyed I get while watching the boys. I don’t know who sports is better for – them or me.
Please help me – what else do I need? I know I’m forgetting something.