We are in the middle of spring, and for my family, that means we are in the throes of soccer season. Though my son has been playing club soccer for six years now, my husband and I knew almost nothing about soccer before that. In fact, I still can’t spot offsides to save my life (but no worries- everyone else lets us know! :) But besides my lack of basic soccer knowledge, I am a very proud soccer mom. What are some signs you are probably a soccer mom?
Instant Pots and Crock Pots are your best friends. You spend two hours at the soccer field every night for practice or games, so it’s an easy way to ensure your family isn’t eating fast food every night for a whole season.
Your weekends are filled with tournaments. But at least it’s usually nice out in the spring, right? When it’s not pouring rain (see #4).
Your car smells like a locker room on wheels. We keep air freshener handy and our car windows down between cleats, socks, shin guards, and uniforms.
You check the weather more than the weatherperson. We know it’s going to rain half the time and we are prepared with outerwear for whatever the weather. We just need to know if it’s so much the fields are too muddy or if there’s lightning.
Your trunk is full of folding chairs. And yours reclines, has a footrest, and a drink holder. If we’re going to be at the fields all weekend, we might as well be comfortable and with a cool drink.
Speaking of your trunk, watch out for the soccer ball or two that will undoubtedly roll out when opening.
You know the best way to get rid of grass and dirt stains. Even when the uniforms are white.
You love your minivan (or huge SUV!) Thanks to Facebook Memories, I am reminded every year of when I was moving to college and borrowed my mom’s minivan. I announced to the world (aka my Facebook friends) that I, as a 21-year-old, would never ever ever get a minivan. I held out for another decade or so, but in the end, the fantastic amount of space and power sliding doors won out. And I could not be happier.
You love your massive vehicle for many reasons. One is taxiing around half the team.
And finally, the black beads from the turf fields are everywhere. You find them in your car. You find them in your hair. I mean it when I say everywhere.
Despite the smells, the mess, and the overloaded minivan, if you are a soccer mom, you probably definitely are a proud one who wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Hope you now know that you are a proud soccer mom!