It’s in the (Hockey) Bag

February 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Valentine’s Day, 2016

Dear Moose,

Your playdown game will start in just under 3 hours. I know your whole team is both excited and nervous for this important game against Fond du Lac. If you win, you’re headed to State! If not, well, everyone will be disappointed.

And that’s ok! It’s ok to be sad when you don’t win. I’m so proud of what a good sport you’ve become. I can remember making you return the game ball when you were a Bull in PeeWees. (Believe me, I cried just as much as you did…you just didn’t see me). But learning to be a good sport and handle defeat was a crucial lesson to learn, and you have learned it. I am so, so, so proud of you.


Which brings me to the point of this letter. Of course I hope you win. Of course I hope I get to watch Squirt Silver play in the State tournament. This has been an amazing season of hockey, and it has been an absolute joy to see you grow in your knowledge and love of the game. But no matter what happens, nothing can take away from this great season. No result today can make this be a less awesome group of kids, coaches and families. You will always carry the memory of this season with you. I will too.


When we were in law school, Daddy and I had a professor named Girardeau Spann. He was a wonderful teacher, probably my favorite at Georgetown. In his class, there was one test for the whole semester. Your whole grade was based on that one test. We were all terrified before taking it. But here’s what Professor Spann said, in just about his exact words: “Listen, if you are a turkey before you take this test, you will be a turkey afterwards, no matter what your grade is. And if you are a good person, you’ll still be a good person, even if you fail.” His point was that even though it would be absolutely devastating to get an F in Constitutional Law, it wouldn’t affect who you were on the inside. Henry, this game won’t either. You are a loving, compassionate, considerate, smart, hard-working, funny and talented 10-year-old. I love you with my whole heart, and I thank my lucky stars every single day that I get to be your mom.


Play hard, have fun, don’t get hurt. Go Silver.

love always,


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