And for those of us who are - or have been - skating moms, here are a couple of thoughts on what our children should be celebrating tomorrow as they (hopefully) make a passing nod of recognition to us while running out the door:
- Over our skating lifetimes as moms we will have lifted, toted, carried and hauled more than 2,000 pounds of bags, skates, costumes, suitcases.
- We will have walked more than 200+ miles around the rink and another 100+ miles through airports
- If our skater continues to senior or elite levels, we will have sat on metal bleachers freezing our backsides off nearly 1/3 of our lives
- We will have consumed enough Starbucks to support an entire village in some coffee growing nation
- We will have purchased and used enough hairspray and styling gel on our skaters (yes, this applies to the boys, too) to supply nearly every salon in the country.
- We will have purchased enough plane tickets and booked enough hotel rooms to receive our ASTA certifications (that's American Society of Travel Agents for those of you not in the travel or hotel business)
- We will have kissed away enough tears from defeats to flood a lake
- We will have rejoiced enough times to rival the Royal Wedding
- Business manager
- Friend (most of the time)
- Adversary (too many times)
- Administrator, Advisor and Accountant
But we are cheerleaders for life.
So, as you patiently wait to hear "Happy Mothers Day" from your kids, smile a little inside. That's the gift you give yourself every time you look into your child's eyes while that little voice inside your head says, "What the HECK was I thinking when you got involved in this sport??"
Honestly, you know the answer.