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Hockey Moms?

This is a weird one, but the last few days as I mission from rehearsal to home, or back again, I’ve noticed a strange occurance.  In the astro fields next to Hartleyvale Stadium there are always hockey matches going on.  Or practice drills.  Or hoards of various young ladies similarly red-faced and pretty violent.  This isn’t the weird bit.  Even when it’s raining.  Or flooding.  They’ll still be there, chasing after their balls.

No, the weird bit is the last few days I’ve noticed single cars parked outside the grounds, on the side of Liesbeeck Parkway, and inside these cars are solo middle aged women.  Ostensibly watching hockey.   Never the same car, nor the same women (though now of course, I’m gonna have to check, and keep notes), but they sit there rain or shine, watching.

Now this strikes me as kinda creepy.  The image I have of Hockey Moms is either what Sarah Palin has winked into my brain (damn her!), or some savage lass like the one to the right who’s verbally and/or physically abusing the coach, fellow players, fellow parents, the field, their daughters, the ball…and so on.  My mom was not as hard-core when I used to play sport at school – though there were a few stories…but back then there were definitely no loners lurking on the wrong side of security fences and razor wire, just watching watching watching.

So there’s a story there, and I’m gonna try find it.  Who are they watching?  And why?  Is it their daughter?  But then why aren’t they sitting in the stands where all the other (presumedly) moms are sitting?  Have she and her daughter fallen out?  Or has she just lost her job and is spending the afternoon getting sauced on gin and juice?  Was she driving along listening to depressing talk radio and pull over to have a good cry to be sucked into the bizarre symmetry of a hockey practice?  Watching and mourning lost youth?  Or something more sinister…


2 responses to “Hockey Moms?

  1. Maybe its the lift club?

    • uglibob ⋅

      ah! damn you! that even sounds plausible! but presumedly the lift club is a mom, right? so again why don’t she go watch from the stands?

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