When I’m staying with my mom overnight, the very next morning, something special happens.
Wanna know what it is?
Yes, coffee is included, either because I make it or because she makes it. Whoever gets up first pre-warms the cups and makes coffee, then we sit opposite each other on the sofas strategically placed like that, in the morning sunshine, and sip it. I read my phone, she reads the newspaper, we chat a bit. That’s the routine.
However, before we even take our first sip, this special thing I mentioned happened.
Here it is:
Mom informs me of last night’s hockey game results. 😂
Yep, she is a Hockey Grandma, who informs her Hockey Mom daughter of last night’s score. 🏒
She watches the Maple Leafs play as often as she can. Not always all of the game, but usually at least the first period or two.
Now, do I care about these hockey results?
The answer is…
Usually…sometimes….it depends. 🙄
I mean, I care in a peripheral way how the Maple Leafs are doing, but my life doesn’t depend on whether they won or lost. Currently, while we still wait for the province to re-open a bit, having some NHL news to occupy our brain waves for a few moments is a nice diversion.
We miss it, the regular routine. Mom used to come watch her grandchildren play whenever possible, and none of that was possible the entire last year. Even before covid it was tricky for her to get away because my dad’s illness was making it harder for him to manage on his own.
It’s high time we get those kids back into activities, if you ask me. I even remarked to mom the other day that I miss my daughter’s outdoor practices on Saturdays. If the day was sunny, it was just the perfect outing. She was out exercising with her friends, skating around like a maniac, I was standing rinkside in the winter sun chatting with other hockey moms and dads, and sometimes we wandered up to the Tim Horton’s for a coffee (and some donuts for the skaters after practice)…it was nice, you know?
We have none of this going on now. My kids haven’t gone anywhere other than outside with the dog in over a month, with one or two minor exceptions.
It’s depressing and no matter what the top doctors say about continuing to stay home and let our mental health, and economy, deteriorate to the point of no return, I am very slowly reaching a point of no return myself.
This method of keeping people locked up is not a workable solution.
Anyway, I was reminded of this again today as I walked Tucker down to the lake. On the one side in the park is a pond, and it looks like some parents cleared off the ice. I could see skate marks on it…I know that the city employees do not allow skating on the ponds, but I’m happy to see some people are taking some matters into their own hands. NONE of us want kids to fall through the ice and drown. We’re ALL Canadians. We KNOW how to check for ice thickness and stability. LET the kids PLAY.
That’s my mentality too.
Of course, getting MY kids out to skate at the moment is a bit of a battle. It’s mostly younger kids, pre-teen aged, who head out to the pond. Mine are teens, and teenagers have their own minds and opinions about whom to socialize with, and when.
But that’s not the point. The point is, we are ready to live responsibly outside of our homes again. Don’t try to stop us.