When we were kids, my brother (like many of yours I’m sure) played hockey. This meant that every weekend I would be left to entertain myself (while behaving of course) in a cold arena filled with other kids’ sisters and younger siblings.
Somewhere around half time I would be given a watered down hot chocolate from the concession and a handful of change for the candy machines. When I think back it actually wasn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.
I rarely paid that much attention to the actual games but I specifically remember one year, one of my brother’s teammates had this mom… a mom with a cowbell.
I have no idea what she looked like or how old my brother was when this mom showed up but I distinctly remember the sound of a cowbell that went along with loud cheering at every single goal.
That’s right — every single goal.
Whether it was her son’s team or their opponents, at every goal she cheered and rang that cowbell loudly with her arm stretched out well above her head.
I loved that cowbell and now that I’m an adult I realize the importance of what she was doing by cheering for both teams.
My not-even-six-years-old-yet son plays his very first hockey game this weekend. While we’ve been working on skating and hockey skills for years this is the first real league he has played in and the first real game.
He is definitely not the fastest kid on the team, he’s not going to be the top scorer and I mean this honestly and truly if he just gets on the ice and has fun it will be worth every single penny (and more!).
So I think I need a cowbell because I plan on being that mom. The one who cheers loudly for both teams, doesn’t yell at her kid from the stands (or the coach), who smiles at other parents (even the ones whose kids are the best on the team) and who raises her arms above her head and rings a cowbell as loudly as possible for every single goal.
Because honestly, hockey needs more cowbell moms.
I think we should start a movement.
But first, does anyone know where I can buy a cowbell?
See you at the rink!