It was my turn to bring snacks to the soccer game today. I've been totally obsessing over the snacks ever since one family brought sliced organic water melon (served from a ceramic bowl) followed by gigantic fudge brownies. Whatever happened to big bags of unpeeled oranges sliced into wedges? That's all we ever got for snacks at my soccer games as a kid. Every single week. They were impossible to eat without getting juice all over your soccer jersey, and bits of pith were always getting stuck in my braces.
I was worried I would forget to buy snacks, then anxious that I would forget to pack all the snacks, or that I'd buy a snack that some kid was allergic to, or I wouldn't have enough blue blocks of chemical-filled plastic to freeze and keep the snacks cold enough. I mean, who cares about the economy tanking, I had important social status cues to send out via my choice of half-time athletic nibbles.
Of course, everything turned out just fine. The weather was once again golden October glorious and our team trounced the other team and Hijo played well. Nobody fainted in horror at my food choices and I even shared some juice with the team of three and four year olds on the field behind us.
The game was in a remote town at the edge of Olympic National Park, and so afterwards we visited Rocky Brook falls, which are quite spectacular (rated four stars doncha know) and then drove up Mt. Walker to take in the even more spectacular view from its 2800' summit.
(I must confess to a certain guilty fondess for moutnains that have vehicular summit access. It's cheating, but at the same time, it's so awesome. I ascended Mauna Loa on Hawaii in a similar fashion and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Plus, the oxygen deprivation got me totally high.)
Soccer is way more fun than little league, both for Hijo to play and for me to watch. There's no endless adjusting of the pitching machine, no long waits in the outfield or to get a chance to bat. Plus, Hijo is a lot better at soccer. I'm a little bit sad that the season is almost over. But at least that means I don't have to buy any more snacks.