Sunday, March 20, 2011

every single moment

These pictures kind of say it all, don't they? We had a very good weekend at our hockey tournament. A friend and his son watched one of the games with me, and he said it was more exciting than watching the Maple Leafs (NHL team) play. There's a lot to be said for watching a group of kids work together at the end of a long season. The teamwork; the individual progress in terms of physical skills; the learning; the decision making and strategy, those times when it all comes together.

I find myself still thinking about several happenings off the ice.

Yesterday Cal and I had to work to find a seat in a packed ice rink to watch a skills competition. The woman I squeezed in next to, I discovered, was the mother of a child who would shortly be racing against Abbott. She chatted with me, she shared skittles with Cal.

Throughout the tournament, my friend Denise, mother of our goalie, cheered whenever any goalie made a good save.

After our team won a nail-biter of a game this morning, a mother and a grandmother from the opposing team came over and congratulated our parent group. (This was a first, in three seasons of hockey. And I have never done that.)

The father of one of our players, who has terminal cancer and got out of the hospital yesterday, came in a wheelchair to cheer for a game. The boy's mother was there all weekend, supporting her son, in the stands, in the locker room before and afterwards, even as her husband hangs on by a thread.

Every single moment of our existence seems to contain something of courage, suffering, beauty, longing, joy, and everything in between.

9 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

Wow - you said it perfectly!

Ruth said...

What beautiful stories. How wonderful that you can appreciate these seemingly small "simple moments!"

Cathy said...

That picture of Abbott reveals pure, unadulterated joy! Despite you having captured it digitally, I suspect that's a picture in your mind and heart forever.

Mrs. Johannemann said...

Lovely post! That photo is priceless...what an expression! I totally believe what you said in your last sentence....and that recognizing all those little moments is what makes our life richer and meaningful. :)Jamie

may said...

Yes. What exhilaration and pride in that second photograph! But, what I think I like best about his expression is that it wouldn't hurt a kid from the other team's feelings. Bravo.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

You capture your day to day life so beautifully. I can't help but think of how lovely it will be for you and your family to go back through your archives years from now. You use this form of technology so well.

thisfriendlyvillage said...

All of my boys played hard at their chosen sport and you said it well: "The teamwork; the individual progress in terms of physical skills; the learning; the decision making and strategy, those times when it all comes together" No doubt about it...winning WAS fun, but the life long lessons,and there were many...were the best. I see those experiences play a part in each of their lives everyday still. Nice pictures, too! Margaret

KPiep said...

Sounds like you've been experiencing sports as they should be!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

I am catching up tonight with you Lecia and every one of your recent posts holds a treasure, a thought to ponder. This one leaves me feeling a bit ashamed at my lack of thoughtfulness. Everyone has battles, but yes, courage, beauty, suffering, and joy along the way.