We’ve come to the end of another tackle football season here in Regina. The season on the prairies is short but we make the most of the weeks we have, filling them with skills camps, practices and of course the games. I’ve learned that I’ve become a football mom with a limited number of cheers from the stands, “Go!! Run!! Yeah!!” pretty much sums up what I’ve got. I’ve also learned that my cheers and woooo’s can be heard across the field by my husband (a coach) and son. Yay me!
Having my husband on the sidelines as one of the coaches certainly doesn’t help my football-mom excitement either! As I was sitting in the stands recently, watching the team, cheering them on, I had one of those moments where you think, “This is really what it’s all about. These are the days we’ll look back on as a distant memory, the good times that go by so fast.” It made me pause and really appreciate the moment.
After the final game of the season, I pulled out the cake I had been saving for the occasion. Not a baker myself (I always say my strength is in cooking, not baking!) McCain Deep ‘n Delicious Chocolate Cake is perfect for every day occasions. They take me back to my childhood too – I can remember eating them with my parents at the kitchen table. Elijah was more than happy to pose with his win, provided I’d allow him to have the first (and second) piece of the cake after his shower.
I know our parents said it to us, and we rolled our eyes too, but there’s times like this when I look at these pictures and can be taken back to our very first house, sitting in our kitchen, feeding Elijah cereal in his high chair. Just in the blink of an eye, he’s now playing football and building his own friendships and a life outside of our four walls.
In fact, it wasn’t long after this shot that he asked if it was OK if he left for a team barbecue. “Thanks mom, that was awesome, bye!”
That’s how it goes. The moments, those amazing ones where your heart swells with pride, happen and then you blink and they’re suddenly five years older and walking out the door. I can’t think that far ahead. To him driving. To graduation. I can’t or I’ll be a blubbering mess. For now I’ll cherish the moments we have, I’ll tempt him with chocolate cake to stay just a few minutes longer before running out the door with his friends, and I’ll be that mom yelling loudly on the sidelines for my boy. I will, of course, always be his biggest fan.
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