Saturday, 22 February 2014
After work on Friday, I packed a few belongings and headed to King Township to
spend part of the weekend with my daughter, Mamie, and her hubby, Jordan. Mamie
was playing in a Ringette Tournament that started on Friday night. I looked forward
to seeing her on the ice again. Mamie started playing ringette at the age of eight and
remained active in the sport for a number of years. Hockey, then became forefront
in her life, but she returned to ringette this year.
Mamie shared with me earlier in the day, that her cousin (my niece) Paula was to join
Mamie's ringette team that night as the team was a player short. Mamie and Paula grew
up together playing on the same ringette team. I was blessed to have been able to enjoy
As I sat in the stands with Mamie's husband, I shared memories of ringette games from
the past. Unforgettable moments that filled her childhood. On the ice pad in
front of me, a team of younger girls had started their game. My eyes filled with tears,
as I found it hard to believe that Mamie was that age not so long ago.
An hour later Mamie's team took to the ice to warm up. I didn't need to know her jersey
number as it was easy for me to pick her out from among her team mates. She hadn't
lost any of her ringette skills. The familiar stroke of her skate blades and the snap of her
wrists that sent a shot high into the net, hadn't been lost over the years.
Tears slid down my cheeks as the King Township sign faded from sight in the rear
view mirror of my truck. Memories of years gone by and new memories created this
past weekend, played out before my eyes. Moments made to cherish.