I'm cold, I'm bored, but he loves it. He's been talking about it each day leading up to it...practices all the time and sets up his own obstacle courses daily.
But I'm alone...the girls snug at mama's house, content to play a bit on our lazy Sunday afternoon while I chauffeur Finn to his practice.
He gets to the box first if possible, holds the door, and then slams it shut making certain it latches. He stands there...at the door, facing his teammates and I can see his head moving as if there's a story to be told. He occasionally looks at me...I can see a smile through his mask and mouth guard....I can see it in his eyes.
But I'm alone...bored and a bit cold...so I break my rule.
I take my phone out of my purse and begin to stealthy check my email. It's been 2 minutes, but I haven't looked up. In my strained consciousness I hear a voice. I hear a lot if voices...there's 100 mites on the rink and another 50 cheering parents, but this voice I know.
It takes me 2 or 3 "moms" before I break out of my concentration...I look up. It's Finn. Across the rink...in the box...and all he needs to do is wave and smile. But I know what that means. He wants my attention.
In that moment that broke my concentration I realized why I have the rule I just broke. These moments are few...they're fleeting and I know that. Just this morning I thought "wow, in 10 years I'll be 40"...and then, before I could even pause on that thought, my mind quickly turned to the fact that in that same 10 years I will have a child graduating high school and I wondered..."could it possibly go that fast?" "Could it really go as fast as the last 10?"
And it will...so I put my phone away...watched him play what he loves, giving him thumbs up at each goal and assist. I don't want to miss even 2 minutes for something so unimportant.
Written by Alicia Overby - Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears
Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn't seem to get comfortable.
After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for a subluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn't find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!
For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.