Girls Will Be Girls

Caitlin had her third soccer game Saturday and it was the perfect overcast fall dat. We do the weekly soccer practices. We’ve done the obligatory soccer team photos and I am chomping at the bit to see the proofs even though I apparently did not get the internal soccer mom memo to make sure she wore a matching grosgrain ribbon. I’m afraid I will never be the type of mom to remember the cute matching hairbow. Any way, we have an industrial size case of bottled water loaded in the back of my SUV for practice and game days. Oh dear Lord…we are morphing into the proverbial suburban soccer family. I just need one of those cheesie “Soccer…It’s a KICK!” bumper stickers to seal my fate.

On a serious note, the hubby and I are both impressed with Caitlin’s coaches and we are more than thrilled that her introduction to soccer has been a positive experience. One thing her coaches emphasize is that the girls must keep their eyes on the ball at all times, but Saturday’s game was a particularly distracting one for Caitlin. She sat out part of the first quarter and when she was called out on to the field to play I scanned the field and recognized one of the girls on the opposing team as a friend from Caitlin’s daycare class. I watched to see how long it would take the two girls to see each other, one in pink and one in purple, and then their eyes met. They shrieked and went running toward each other, pony tails flying, hugged and started talking and jumping down excitedly….in the midst of the game mind you. For a split second I envisioned Caitlin as a teenager shrieking with her friends in high school over some craziness, probably having to do with a cute boy or a new outfit or something of equally earth shattering significance to a girl and her friends. Caitlin and her friend weren’t really “scolded,” but rather reminded to pay attention to the game and the ball. I mean they are only 4 years old. There is much hair twirling and the occasional sneak thumb sucking on the field even at this age. Lord knows I find myself drifting off after the girls basically do the same maneuvers for the 800th time. Who knows? Maybe some of these girls will be the next Brandi Chastains of soccer. Right now their coaches are just trying to make sure they drive the ball in the right direction and don’t score against themselves.

One cool thing that I have noticed about soccer is that it is truly a family affair. There are parents, grandparents, siblings (oftentimes siblings dressed out for a game on the very same field), coaches sometimes coaching their own kids, babies in strollers clapping and crying, and toddlers making a getaway on to the field before being snatched up in their parent’s arms. I know I’ve snickered a bit at the soccer mom stereotype but so far I’ve only encountered parents who just want to watch their kids have a good time. I’m drawing the line at driving a mini van, though.


  1. Library Mama says:

    Soccer season is one of the joys of spring for me. I love standing on the sidelines, watching the boys play and visiting with the other parents. Here, it’s a real community-building thing.

    This spring, all three of our boys wore orange uniforms – in three different age categories on three different fields.

    I know what you mean about the distractions on the field. In our 3-5 year old league, Heaven help a ladybug who strays onto the field or a hardy dandelion who didn’t get mowed. I think the ball stops existing once an occurrence like that happens.

  2. Holly Schwendiman says:

    I hear you! This is my daughter’s first year for soccer and she’s having a great time. She’s very social and last week I taped her game to SHOW her what it means to stay with the ball, or not talk on the field with her friends during game time! LOL I love that she’s learning team unity and committment. Fun to read other mom’s having similar experiences, even though we’re thousands of miles apart!

    Holly’s Corner

  3. Colleen says:

    Sounds like you all had fun! Soccer does seem to be quite the family affair. Yesterday Delaney and I joined my sister, her husband, my niece and my dad at my nephew’s soccer game. It was a blast (although about 95 degrees out. Ick.). And, I did have to chase Delaney off the field–twice–before the game could continue!

  4. Nancy says:

    It rained during Mimi’s soccer practice on Saturday, but I had the most amazing time watching them play. I stood with my baseball cap and the rain dripping down all over — but my girl didn’t let the rain bother her. It seemed like such a pure moment. I think I’m warming up to the idea of soccer momdom too. 😉

  5. Renee says:

    Uh-oh. My girls play soccer AND I drive a mini-van.
    I’m having to draw my line at the bumper sticker.

  6. Felix Kasza says:

    Brandi Chastain? Perhaps we could stay with Heather Mitts as a role model for now …. 🙂


  7. Pattie says:

    Oh no! No matching hair ribbon? What kind of a mom are you? *LOL*
    When you get the pics, please share! 🙂

  8. Blonde Mom says:

    Felix thanks for reminding me that I am, per usual, a decade behind the times! 😉

    Still no soccer pics. I mean come on they only had hundreds of photos to take that day, why aren’t they done YET. Impatience sets in…

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