Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Start of a Long Soccer Season

I had been talking with the mother of Youngest's BFF before the start of the first soccer game of the season. It was a tournament of sorts, so there were plenty of games going on all around us. As the horn sounded the end of a match, parents of the players on the incoming team jockeyed to take front and center spots being vacated by the parents of the players who had just finished playing.

I walked ahead of others and set up mid-field. Two other mothers of boys on Youngest's team set up a meter away from me. One mother, forevermore known henceforth as Ye Bitche, began speaking to the other. "Where are all the other parents?" she wondered.

"I saw M," she said, referring to the mom of Youngest's BFF. "Her son is playing on our team now. Do you know that new boy? The one who didn't play select last year?"

The other mother murmured something in reply.

"I don't like his mother. She's rude," Ye Bitche said, going on to say other things about that nasty woman.

The other mother murmured something else in reply.

Ye Bitche said more about that nasty woman, complaining about how she had acted at the parent meeting.

It was then that the other mother turned toward me. I smiled and waved. She turned back and said something to Ye Bitche, who looked quickly down and then took a furtive glance at me.

Me, the nasty woman, who, in turn, just stared Ye Bitche down.

Is this going to be a long soccer season or what?


anymommy said...

I fear it will be. People are mean. And then they get embarrassed and they are meaner.

Patois42 said...

You're so right about how embarrassment leads to even more meanness. At least the other woman she had been bitching to looked mortified.

Michele R said...

What is with these people who are out in a large public place and think they are alone when speaking aloud?

Patois42 said...

Not unlike those who speak on their cell phones and hold "private" conversations for all to hear.

That Uncomfortable Itch said...

Being a soccer mom is brutal. No two ways about it.

Tara R. said...

My husband has been a soccer coach and is now a soccer ref. I've 'overheard' a lot of comments like that, and actually enjoy letting them know I am his wife just to watch them squirm.


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