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July 31, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
It's official: I am a soccer mom. And the me from 10 years ago cringes.
Much like a part of my inner cool looked away in horror when we bought the minivan four years ago, last night was the first time I entered Fairmont's soccer field area when it was a swarming pile of congestion and my stomach recoiled a little. More because I wasn't sure if one more minivan would fit into the area without hitting something (or someone) and risking a lawsuit. But we did eventually find a parking spot and squeezed in without clipping any of the other minivans or SUVs in the place.
My daughter was hyped. She had begged last year to play soccer, but I thought it was only because she had friends who were doing it. And now I see that it's most of the town. My husband, who has yet to fully embrace soccer, grumbled about why aren't as many kids going out for softball and baseball... Me, I was just worried that after shelling out the dough for soccer cleats, shin guards, two soccer balls (because the first one was the wrong size!) and special sports socks, that she'd miss kicking the ball once and want to quit. Like her mom at that age.
I was never an athlete. In fact, the only good thing I ever did in a soccer game for gym class was get hit in the head with the ball while I was supposed to be goalie. Not because I jumped for it, but because I was sitting in the grass looking for four-leaf clovers. Come to think of it, I think that ball that hit me was actually kicked by one of my own teammates.
But that was not the case with The Girl. She was in the thick of it, got in some good kicks, and even though she didn't have to block any goals when she was goalie, she was always alert... and never even looked like she wanted to sit down and rest during that time.
So it looks like I'm a soccer mom - all that's missing now is the soccer ball decal on the minivan. But since she's good at it and enjoys it (and also seems to have inspired her little brother) I plan to support her 100-percent. Bring on the soccer mom!
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