by Debra Harper, 2018-06-14T15:12:13.000-07:00June 14 2018, at 03:12 PM PDTIMPORTANT DATES
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This is a side of the story I know all too well. In fact, it is difficult for me to write this as I am still emotional that it is over. Every parent I speak to, I try to give them the same message. This is not your game, it belongs to your child. Be grateful for the opportunity to spend this time being able to watch your child participate in a game he or she loves. Spend your energy on the positive side of this great game and value these short few years that you are able to be involved in it. Some of the very best conversations I ever had with my children were driving to/from the rink. We talked about so much in the car, about school, friends, girls, life and, yes, hockey. We did not often have “the dreaded car ride home” but I do recall the few times we did and in retrospect, it makes me quite sad that we squandered those moments when we could have used them for so much more, like making our child feel better instead of worse.
I hope you all take a few moments and think about all the incredible gifts this great game gives us and our children. My sons have friends from all over the world, they know how to speak confidently to adults and as adults, they are fit and strong, their work ethic is amazing and they work very well with others. As for us, we have the memories and some really great friends that are now as close as family.
Yes, enjoy the ride, it truly is over before you know it.