This is kind of an unusual theme for a post for me, but the B Bus gals have been busy with sports this week!
I really try hard to avoid focusing on the whole soccer-mom-with-minivan thing, even as I chauffeur kids to the field in the B Bus and cheer from my dorky collapsible chair on the sidelines. It’s not pretty.
But this weekend here we were at last night’s Boston Breakers game! This is our hometown team in the newly (re)formed National Women’s Soccer League, and their home games are played at Dilboy Field, which is just across the Alewife Brook from East Arlington.
We were THRILLED to be in the stands with 500+ other soccer fans from the Arlington Soccer Club, for a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. This was also the girls’ first experience with an authentically epic tailgate scene — ASC took over half the parking lot to serve soft tacos, quesadillas, and churros. U10 Girls (4th grade) were well represented, and we ran into many friends in addition to Green teammates Annika, Anoushka, Frances, and Lucy. Hard to believe we were huddled in our down coats, under blankets, on May 4th, but it was a windy 45 degrees and well worth the ridiculousness of hauling out the winter coats I had just put away last week.
Icing on the cake was the incredible autograph scene after the game, when members of both teams came out to greet fans while signing everything from soccer balls to shirts, programs, and tickets.
The crowd was massive and it was a daunting prospect, but GHB and LHB, ASC practice shirts clutched high, persevered. You can see GHB’s Red Sox cap, lower right, and LHB was right in front of her.
But the best part of the weekend by far was watching the girls with their own teams. This is the first season since Kindergarten that they are not playing soccer together. GHB has decided to play softball instead, and is now playing with several Peirce friends as a member of the Alabama minors team.
Here she is – her very first at bat (since T ball!), and huddling with the team. Roll Tide, Roll!
That was a chilly Friday night, we didn’t win the game, and GHB didn’t get on base. But she is learning fast, and she’s determined!
I’m sure the recent 4th grade trip to Fenway Park has nothing to do with it…
Saturday morning we started our Awesome Day of Soccer at LHB’s game, in which she scored not one, but TWO goals! Wow. Normally on defense, she hasn’t scored a goal since last year. Spring soccer sees the ranks of 9 and 10 year old girls really start to thin, and there aren’t always enough players at the game — in fact, with 6 girls they only just managed to avoid a forfeit, and they all had to stay in for the entire game. This time they played a great clutch game!
It’s been a couple of weeks since the shocking events that put Boston in the news, and made Boston Strong a meme and a mantra. We’re all slowly getting back to normal, and the school year and sports calendar marches on. I’m still not sleeping well, but I do feel restored by being in community, which can be as simple as the playground when school’s getting out, or as exciting as a pro soccer game. I felt it in the powerful stillness of an entire stadium observing a very long minute of silence Saturday night. This was just a minor moment, not broadcast around the nation like the Fenway Sweet Caroline/Big Papi moment or the national anthem at the Bruins game. But no one was restless or disrespectful, or haphazardly still trying to find their seat. The bleachers were packed but completely motionless and quiet; it was a moment of unity and strength.
And so was this – Chicago and Boston players together (with baby!) with fans of all ages. Girl power.