There is no Saturday morning grind like that of a sports parent. Before we have time to pour a cup of coffee down our throats, we’ve got the car packed with snacks and sweatshirts and we’re off to the field, rink, or baseball diamond when all we want to do is REST.
One Florida soccer mom is being awarded a non-participation trophy for having the cojones to lie down in the face of exhaustion and take a little siesta on the sidelines.
Lucky for us, author and motivational speaker Glennon Doyle was on hand to catch this relatable mom in the brave act. Doyle took to Facebook and Instagram yesterday to share the following hilarious, inspirational post:
“I give you: MY NEW HERO. This Soccer Mom, at my kid’s last game. Whilst the other parents stood loudly and earnestly and concernedly on the sidelines: this mother laid her body down on the ground, her head on her purse, and her blanket over her face – and napped.”
Let any one of us who hasn’t dreamed of doing this exact thing come forward and be seen in the cold, hard light of day. That’s right. Not one of us hasn’t wished of giving in to the all-encompassing exhaustion that accompanies a Saturday 8 AM game.
OK, maybe it’s because we had a little too much wine on Friday girls’ night. Or maybe we just want to be able to give in to the stress of knowing we have three birthday parties and a bat mitzvah to attend once this game wraps up. Either way, we’re picking up the soccer ball this mom’s putting down.
Doyle will have us all know that it wasn’t really LIGHTS OUT for our fearless leader.
“Please understand that periodically- when the sideline yelled and woke her from her warrior sleep- she would raise that little thumb of hers and say: yay. And then she’d go back to sleep. I love her. She is a cultural icon for our time,” she wrote.
Forget selling tickets to the Super Bowl, I think every soccer mom in America would pay big bucks to watch this slumbering superstar in action.
Let us all take a page out of this tired mom’s book and understand that showing up is still showing up, even if you need to check out for a while. You go, soccer mom. You’re the real MVP!