Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Return of the Sassy Cats

Today marks a very important day. The Sassy Cats return to terrorize the U6 girls soccer fields of Colorado Springs. Sophie has been so excited for this day to finally arrive. We have been practicing on the weekends in the backyard. Occasionally playing "water soccer". A game Sophie concocted that involved lining up cones which need to be dribbled around before taking a shot on goal. The added dimension she included was the sprinklers need to be on while we do it. The grass has never looked greener (nor the water bill higher).

While I am very much looking forward to soccer starting again tonight, I can't help but feel a little trepidatious thinking about Holly not being there. Soccer was always my thing but Holly made it part of her thing as well. It was one of the many reasons I loved her. Last spring the three of us went to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy Sophie her cleats, shin guards, and a new ball. Holly in her normal modus operandi went up to the wall with all of the girls cleats and looked until she found the prettiest and most expensive pair.  I think they were $175. When she found out that they did not come in Sophie's size she was so upset. Turns out for the little girls there are only about 3 different models to choose from and they are all fairly inexpensive. That was my Holly though. Always wanting the absolute best for Sophie. Always.

As devastatingly painful as it is to lose a mother so young, I am so very thankful that Holly was able to see Sophie's first game, her first practice, even her first goal. The video below is hard for me to watch. Not so much watch but hear. Listening to Holly cheer and scream for Sophie as she scores her first goal. So joyful and bittersweet for me. I miss my wife.

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