Do the 7 stages apply? I think they do..does any of this sound familiar?
Shock - Did that puck just go through the 5 hole?
Denial - No that couldn't have! Her stick was down..wasn't it?
Pain & Guilt - Oh no, the parents are looking at me...maybe I should have sprung for that extra goalie coaching in addition to the 4 times a week she is already on the ice.
Anger - She KNOWS BETTER!
Depression, Reflection, & Loneliness - That puts us down 2 goals in the third period, what are we going to do?? Maybe if she saves everything else and the team steps up offensively, we can pull it out. I better not talk to anyone, make eye contact and go crawl in a hole.
Upward Turn - 2 down is not THAT bad.
Acceptance & Hope - It's just one game and there is always next week.
So yeah, goalie moms DO go through the 7 stages of grief...and a lot of alcohol and anti-depressents. This has now concluded your weekly dose of hockey therapy. Go forth and be prosperous.