Thank you, moms!

What is a mom to an athlete? What is it that makes a mom so special, so instrumental to a person during their athletic career? I can’t say for sure, but I truly think a mom is what holds us up and keeps us going when things get difficult. Yes, my mom used to drive me to practice, and scream like a lunatic at my games even when there was no need, and she would get emotionally invested when I wouldn’t play well or my team would lose but moms are more nervous in the stands than we are playing the game because they know how much what we are doing means to us, and all a mother really wants is for their child to be happy. For me, happiness came with athletic success. Whether it was hockey, football, baseball or golf, my mom was a nervous wreck because she just wanted me to be happy.

See, I am no longer an athlete. I no longer wake up at 5 am to go to the rink, or come home from football practice with loads of dirty clothes. I don’t get scrapped up like I used to and I don’t need my mom to calm me down after a tough game anymore. I don’t call my mom after games, and she doesn’t show up to cheer me on at work, (although if she could she probably would) but what I do have is an understanding that there is a woman in my life, that will love me unconditionally and do whatever she can to help me accomplish whatever will ultimately make me happy, because at the end of the day, that’s what moms care about; happiness.

Most of us are no longer athletes, and we live with the memories we have as kids being cheered on during our games. Those memories are special, and one day in everyone’s life, their athletic career will end and what you will be left with are memories and I can honestly say, the memories that include my mom are some of the best, and there is an abundance of them.

So, I wanted to thank my mom, and thank all the other moms for everything you have done. During my athletic years you were there with me and for me every step of the way. The countless sleepovers you let me go to, the endless gatorades after practice, and the constant support will never go unnoticed. Luckily, even though I am no longer playing sports competitively, nothing has changed. Mothers love their kids fully,no matter what they are doing with their life. All they want is for their kids to find success through happiness. You taught me that when I was an athlete, and I will remember it for all of my years. Happy Mother’s Day!

-NG

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