If I’m going to be completely honest, I’ve resisted just about every new phase of parenting.
There was that initial few months with the first new baby
where a part of me couldn’t help but think – this is a bloody nightmare, and though the strength of this
sentiment eventually rounded and fuzzied itself out in my heart and mind, there
was still a fair bit of swearing under my breath when both kids began crawling,
and then again when they needed to be toilet trained and weaned from the things
they didn't want to give up.
I almost always trip a little when my sense of control is challenged.
Three years ago when Deaglan first started skating lessons,
I again felt light-headed at the thought of spending every Saturday morning of
that winter shivering behind dirty glass watching him fall and then get up, fall
and then get up.
Each fall a physical blow as if to my own body.
We’re a bit seasoned now, two skating sessions and three
years of soccer under our belts, some baseball and swimming too. And so it
should be no surprise to you that this weekend we entered into that rite of
passage so many Canadian families enter willingly – we suited up our skinny kid,
handed him a stick and hoped for the best as he slowly made his way onto the
ice. We again stood watching and cringing and this time I saw Shaune vomit a
little in his mouth when a more experienced parent mentioned that the hockey season
includes every Saturday and Sunday right into March.
I was tempted to weep that hockey would rob us of any
overnight weekend plans but then I remembered how we felt at the end of this
last soccer season: A part of something with the other parents. We all cheered our kids and the kids on the other teams; we didn’t care about
goals and winning. By the end of the summer all of us parents knew all the kids’
names, cared for them as if they were our own, unwrapping granola bars and
wiping chins, bringing extra treats for the younger ones that weren’t old
enough to play.
This morning Naveen came into our bed and asked if we were going to the hockey balrena like we did lasterday. I squeezed my eyes shut tight. A few minutes later Deaglan crawled
in, cuddled up close to me and whispered I love you Mom, I love you 60 one hundred times around the world. You’re
the best mom a kid could want even when you’re mad at me. For no reason whatsoever.
I sunk into acceptance. What else was I going to do this
early on Sunday morning?