If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I’m usually the eternal optimist. I’m not always little Miss Sunshine, but I always try to look on the bright side. Not so much today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still grateful for all the blessings in my life, but yesterday just sucked.
I was really looking forward to a fun day of soccer where both girls were playing two “friendly” games each at the same place! Highly unusual around these parts. Unfortunately I stayed up way too late the night before watching a silly tv show (darn Netflix) and waiting for hubby to get home from a late night at work. I had also hosted a team “classroom strategy session” that night.
The day started early and just went downhill from there. Here are some of the highlights…
-I had a hard time finding the address on my GPS…the same address I had sent out to all the parents
-It was hot! (at least for this beach girl)
-The little soccer girls started out REALLY slow in their first game…but managed to win
-One of the little soccer girls who already has some attention issues had gone to a sleepover party the night before. Not pretty.
-They told us the wrong field number for the big girls’ game so I had people moving tents and stuff back and forth across the entire place. Lovely. Sometimes I really hate being the manager.
-The big girls got their butts kicked and my big soccer girl sat on the bench for much of the game…even though there was only one sub.
-It was hot! (especially for my big soccer girl…that probably explains the bench time!)
-Our coach had to leave early to get to another event, so we had a guest coach for most of the last two games
-The little girls completely fell apart in their second game, with the other sideline screaming, nasty soccer, and girls pushing which culminated in one of our girls getting a RED CARD.
-Really? A red card for a 9 year old in a friendly game? I didn’t see the play, but I was told that the other girl hooked her arms and she flung herself free. Is making our girls play short when they are already losing really a positive experience? Since it was just a friendly, couldn’t they have just asked her to be subbed out? We really could have used our coach at that point.
-To top it all off we said we’d stop by a party that evening after soccer. We arrive with kids and dressed from soccer to an elegant cocktail party where there are no kids. Nice.
OK, I feel a lot better for venting. Thanks for listening. Like I said, I‘m always looking for the bright side. Now maybe I can see it…
-No one got hurt
-I got to spend time with some of my favorite people
-The fields were nice
-Both my girls had some great plays
-Both teams were trying to play beautiful soccer and connected lots of awesome passes
-Each team won one of their games
-Everyone had ice cream
-We were able to escape gracefully from the party after staying about 45 minutes
-I finally got to go to bed…in my nice house with my wonderful family
Maybe it wasn’t so craptastic after all…but I wouldn’t want to repeat it.