You cannot be a true Hockey Mom until:
- You get up at 4:30 am on a freezing and snowy Saturday to take your child to practice or play hockey.
- You must have sat for at least 325 minutes (in total) on a freezing metal bench in a cold arena during a regular season.
- You can unsnap a cage with one hand while not spilling your coffee.
- You waste valuable hotel points on hotels in places like London, Ontario for hockey tournaments instead of romantic vacations in London, England.
- The smell of hockey equipment no longer makes you gag or causes your eyes to water.
- You buy Mr. Clean Magic Erasers in bulk at Costco to clean black puck marks off the basement wall.
From there you earn different badges, for example:
- The mouth-guard-boiling badge
- The skate-lacing badge
- The jock-strap-&-cup badge
- The hockey-bag carrying badge (My husband says "hockey bags don't have wheels")
- The four-games-in-two days badge
There are many more badges, but you get the idea.
My son loves hockey, and has been around it from the time he was born. He sat in the Stanley Cup when he was six months old, he has been on skates since he was barely three years old, and whenever he plays, it involves some form of hockey! It is not for me to say whether he will become a professional hockey player like his father. Only time and talent will tell us that. But I will support him if it is his dream. It takes a lot of time and commitment...and money to be a Hockey Mom, but I will wear my badges with pride!
However, some Hockey Moms get a little too involved, and they are given special badges!!