Last night was my first hockey game in Atlanta. Was I excited...no. Nervous...yes. A new team always reminds me of your first day at a new school. Are the people going to be nice? Will you feel welcome? Will I get lost?
I've been through a bunch of these now; you'd think it would get easier but it never does. The "Wives Room" is always the hardest part. You'd have to be crazy to think that you can put so many women in one room and have them all get along. Some personalities are stronger than others; while some take on the ego's of their guys. Not a fun thing to deal with.
This is a very young team, so not many girls. I had a surprisingly relaxing night. Everyone was welcoming and so kind. Pretentious, is surely not a word that would be used to describe them. More like - down to earth. It felt like I was watching a game in my family room with a bunch of friends. There's been so many roster changes in Atlanta, so the conversation was mainly about how everyone was settling in.
I used to attend many games in his earlier career. When the kids were small, it was easy to put them to bed and leave. Now that they're older, there's homework coming out of their asses, (that we have to help with) and tons of social activities. Last year 5 games was my limit. This year probably won't change.
Sopes and I used to think the kids were crazy when they'd pass up the opportunity to attend a game. In reality they had an amazing perspective. Why go to a game, deal with the crowds, listen to the noise, and stay up so late when they could watch it in their jammies while snuggling in Mom's warm bed and fall asleep. Many wouldn't argue with that.
I do have to admit that it is kind of sad watching the games on t.v. this year. Knowing he's not coming home after really sucks. I've always had his dinner in the warming drawer all ready for him. He'd come up and eat in bed (while I put towels down in case of a spill) and we'd talk about the night; his hockey and the kids. This was a private moment that I miss ever so much. Last night it was dinner in a loud restaurant and we were completely exhausted. Just not the same at all. (Snuggling together in a booth like newlyweds wasn't all that bad though.)
Although are lives are completely crazy right now, we know we'll get through it. Just these little trips back and forth are helping tremendously. We're forced to be the ultimate planners! Not so fun and spontaneous, but it gives us something to look forward to.
Today, I will go with him to the rink and watch practice. Never thought this would happen, but anytime we can get together is worth it. This means more time to chat because of the long car ride. Wouldn't give it up for the world!!