January 18, 2012 Edition
I grew excited about being a goalie’s mom.
Going to Duluth for hockey is not an unusual trip for me. Our oldest has had a tournament there at least once a year for the last four years.
What was different about this trip was the fact that this tournament was a girls’ hockey tournament…and the player in my room…well, she was the goalie.
I knew when our daughter expressed an interest in playing full-time goalie for her hockey team, it was going to be a growing experience for both of us. What I didn’t expect was what that growth would look and feel like. And I was especially unprepared for how much I would learn about her in the process.
Playing sports makes people vulnerable. If they play with every ounce of energy and emotion that they have, they leave the field, or the court, or the rink completely spent.
Playing goalie makes people even more vulnerable. It takes a special kind of character to put yourself on the line between the other team and the goal they are shooting toward.
It takes self-confidence, focus, fearlessness and strength.
I’m not a good goalie. My daughter…well, she is a good goalie.
It’s not just that she has some physical skill. What I learned about my daughter this weekend is that she has a focus and an intensity that keeps her present in a potentially stress-filled situation. She has a calm presence and a confidence I wasn’t even aware she had.
Here she is….the tiny little goalie at center-ice
She remained poised through the weekend, and I was fascinated watching this side of her emerge.
I loved too, the role I got to play as “Haley’s Mom.”
Because she has additional equipment to put on, I get to be in the locker-room with the team as they prep for practices and games. By the end of the weekend, the entire team would yell when I entered, “Hi, Haley’s mom!” and I would reply, “Hi, Haley’s teammates!”
I helped to tie player’s skates, pull on jerseys, tighten equipment and give fist bumps as they waited. It was a connection to this special group of girls that I hadn’t anticipated…All because my daughter is the goalie.
Some additional fun photos of the girls:
Other places of inspiration for growth I’ve found this week:
Mamawolfe shared yet another inspirational link about taking teenagers to a soup kitchen.
This video shows a birthday wish created by a woman’s dying husband. (get kleenex for this one) It’s a reminder to love completely, every chance you get.
Have any other inspirational growing stories you want to share? Email me the link or send me the photos of where you grow: You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or post your story on my Facebook page.
To learn more about Meagan Frank, you can visit her at her website: www.meaganfrank.com