I reflected on the important things in life recently in a post called What Really Matters. One of the things that writing that post prompted me to do, was to think about not letting opportunities to build memories with grandchildren, slip by in the busyness of work and other commitments.
This past Saturday was Championship Day for the BCHL (Barrie Christian Hockey League,) and my last chance to see three of our grandchildren play this season. I decided that I couldn't miss it--and I'm so glad I didn't!
There were three games--at 1.45; 4.30 and 5.45. I arrived at the first one in time to find my family: son, daughter in law, two grandsons and a granddaughter, there to watch our youngest granddaughter, aged 7, play on the team called the Timbits.
"She's the one in the pink helmet," Pete said.
Across the big ice rink I spotted her behind the glass enclosure, looking ahead as though her mind was somewhere far away, as, indeed, it turned out, it was.
With two older brothers who are excellent hockey players, she thought she wanted to play too. But she knew in her little soul by the second week that it wasn't for her.
Her parents, though, had paid for the equipment, including that pink helmet, and their youngest daughter being a quitter was not an option. She was told she had to finish the season.
Little Miss Timbit has a stubborn streak that she comes by honestly, and very effectively demonstrated that body and spirit don't have to show up at the same time and place.
She was physically on the ice, but followed the puck like a weather vane, giving it the scant honour of turning gently in its direction as it passed by.
I had the distinct impression of someone marking time; counting the endless minutes.
Pete told me that she had surprised him this week by saying excitedly, "I can't wait until Saturday!"
"Oh?" he said, thinking that she had had a change of heart.
"Yes," she said, "Hockey will be over!"
Watching this pageant play out was so much fun, as was listening in the van to her interesting explanation as to why she didn't like hockey.
Those boys "never passed the puck" and one always did "slapshots."
The best part in Missy's short hockey career was obviously the trophy that marked The End!