Love Thursday – The Soccer Mom

This time of year on a cool, crisp Sunday, there’s nothing I love more than sitting on the sidelines of a soccer pitch watching my girls play.  Perched in my “pack n’go” chair, coffee in hand and sometimes a blanket on my lap, I cheer on two of my favourite people as they participate in a sport that they both love.

Ashley didn’t start playing soccer until she was in grade 5.  Being young parents we didn’t have the funds to put our kids in extra-curricular activities until much later in our marriage and careers, so Ashley didn’t get the head start that most girls who play soccer did.  Most kids start soccer in Kindergarten or grade 1 around here and here in the Lower Mainland everyone’s kids play (I say everyone, but then Adam doesn’t play.  He played a season in Kindergarten and picked dandelions and played with the nets all year.  He now says soccer is his “nemesis”).

The late start hasn’t stopped Ash from becoming a star player.  She started as a Goalie…the only kid on her U-11 team who could kick the ball out of goal and over the centre line.  Now she plays Centre and is a top scorer on her team.

Andie is playing U-11 Select this year (a rep team) and we’ve known since she started playing in Grade 1 that this is where she was heading.  As a 6 year old she always knew to stay out of the “hive” that the other kids were creating and wait for the ball to fly loose from the pack, then she would take it up the field and score. 

She’s a dedicated player and will spend HOURS out in our back driveway juggling and kicking the ball against the shed.  THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, OUCH, THUMP (the ouch is from when she kicks it to high and it hits Grandad who’s sleeping on the porch swing above the deck.  Happens a lot!).  Andie plays Centre, Goalie and sometimes Mid.  And of course, because I’m her Mother, I think she plays them all perfectly.

Soccer has brought our family many gifts, especially in the social network department.  Ashley found her best friend playing soccer and Richard and I have made countless friends and aquaintences of the parents from both teams.  In fact, the people who invited us to go to the Merritt Mountain Music Festival with them next summer are Ashley’s best friend’s parents…soccer led us to them.  We often joke that the girls shouldn’t dare ever want to quit soccer for any reason.  What would become of OUR social lives?

This time of year on a cool, crisp Sunday, there’s nothing I love more than sitting on the sidelines of a soccer pitch watching my girls play. 

…ask me again in January when I’m hunched under an umbrella, covered in six layers of clothing and freezing my ass off early on a miserable Sunday morning.  Opinions may change.

This post brought to you by Love Thursday. More Love Thursday here.


3 responses to this post.

  1. up here in Prince George they play indoor soccer in the winter and outdoor in the Spring….we never did a lot of extra-ciricular activities with our girls either…too many kids…not enough money and time….so now we are letting them try stuff and finding out what their passions are… is great that your girls love it so much and you are able to do it for them!


  2. what is the age of the boat?


  3. Very interesting site… I wish I could write like you! Miky


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