That was until one 6am practice.
The sinuses were acting up, I had a full on rudolph the red nosed reindeer zit, bags under my eyes and a hat on. Don't get me wrong, I like hats. I even love hats...on other people. I just look ridiculous particularly since then I had a short haircut and it just looked odd. But I figured hey it's just our parents, it's early and it is just practice.
Only when I saw OTHER parents start filing in at 6:30am did I realize my faux pas. Not only was there a game after us but it was between 2 teams with a lot of parents that I knew. Let the embarrassment begin. I couldn't hide, I couldn't retreat to the rink bar because it wasn't open yet and I couldn't pull the hat down over my eyes.
I was stuck.
I didn't know what to do so I did what I do best..find humor in the situation. I jokingly told everyone that I had dressed up for the occasion and that they shouldn't be too envious of my dazzling beauty. I still don't know if one of the dads ever recovered, the look on his face was something I won't soon forget.
Moral of the story? I don't hit the rink without at least SOME preparation. I owe it to myself and pretty much the entire youth hockey community.
You can thank me later.