by Gina Valley
Fall soccer kicks into full gear this weekend (pun was not intended, but, you have to admit, quite apropos!).
My pack is on 4 different soccer teams, so it won’t be quite as difficult as the year when they were spread out on 6. But, challenges have already presented themselves. They always do.
Three of their teams have practice at nearly the same time at three different locations. Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to coordinate a major troop movement just trying to make sure they’re all delivered on time and collected promptly afterward.
I actually forgot to pick up Daughter#3 from one of her practices last week.
Don’t tell her.
We were sitting down to dinner when someone asked where she was. I made a mad dash to the soccer field to get her. She assumed I was just running late. Fortunately, she’s pretty easy going about that kind of thing. Just another reason I always insist they keep extra snacks and water bottles in their soccer bags!
But, the challenge of scheduling is nothing compared to dealing with our ever present nemesis – The Soccer Fairy. The good ole’ SF continues to confound us by hiding equipment as she (or he, still not sure) has every soccer season.
So, I figured my What Just Bounced Off Of My Head? post would be perfect for Throwback Day this week.
You can read my What Just Bounced Off Of My Head? post below in its entirety, or, for you hardcore readers, you can click on one of these magic links to read my What Just Bounced Off Of My Head? post in its original location.
Either way, I’ll meet you at What Just Bounced Off Of My Head?. You bring the iced tea (man, it was hot today!). I’ll bring the laughs.
What Just Bounced Off Of My Head?
Each of my kids is completely unique (“unique” is one of Son#3’s vocabulary words this week. Just thought you might want to know) in both personality and extracurricular activities.
Art, photography, crafts, drama, singing, dance, and nearly every sport. Basketball to lacrosse to volleyball and every sport in between – their favorite sports run the sporting world gamut.
But, my whole pack has one thing in common. They all love soccer. From the time they could crawl, each and every one of them chased after that ball.
And, somehow, despite my complete lack of coordination (I’ve fallen just watching them play) they are all gifted players. I guess I’ll have to wait and see how their kids play to know whether that’s because soccer skills skip a generation or because mixing two scientists who met in the marching band spontaneously creates amazing soccer skills in their children.
Either way, my pack is filled with soccer players who excel in every area of the game, except one: they can’t keep track of their soccer stuff.
We’ve had cleats disappear never to be seen again before they even went to their first game.
And the uniforms! Socks and shorts are forever disappearing. The amount I’ve spent replacing them could have paid for our own private soccer field several times over.
But, the disappearing jerseys are the worst. I can’t replace those. Not a week goes by that some pack member isn’t close to a nervous breakdown because of a missing jersey.
I used to think all this stress was the result of my pack being somewhat disorganized and perhaps a bit lazy with keeping track of their stuff. But, after years of observing the continual problem, I came to realize this phenomenon was something beyond the capacity of mere children. There had to be another explanation.
It’s the Soccer Fairy.
Clearly, the Soccer Fairy sneaks into our house and hides my pack’s stuff. It’s the only logical explanation.
Laugh Out Loud!
Any fairies keeping your life interesting? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it. Shoot me a comment with the details.
Check out my Struck By The Soccer Fairy…Again post for more soccer-based laughs.
As always, the extra click to get there counts as cardio.