M is for
Don’t cry over spilled Milk
Now define "milk". If it is the last cup you wanted for your cereal, or to bake a cake, it's no fun.
Personally I'm not a milk drinker, but I try to use the analogy for wine. It would certainly be a shame to spill wine. Especially in these desperate times.
Still, I don't think it would be dramatic for me to handle. We're not in South Africa, where alcohol has been banned during the pandemic. So one can always purchase a new bottle. If one has not had the foresight to build up a supply, that is.
Kidding aside. Most things are bearable and replaceable, except your health and your life.
Then there's hockey 🏒.
Looking back 15 months (and probably counting) I feel sad.
This has been Colin's season 2020/21 journey:
January: at the age of almost 12 years, he unexpectedly presented with symptoms suggesting chicken pox, which made him house-bound for two weeks. After recovering he trained and played for a good two or three weeks until...
February: during the last minutes of a game that they were about to lose anyway - so there was no reason for the opponent to charge him - he got a check to his head, resulting in a concussion.🤕 Boom. ER visit and out for another two weeks. If I remember correctly. he went back to practice for a two weeks' maximum when...
March: the grown-up team's franchise was finishing up their regular season and was just about to start the playoffs, when the first 😷 Corona-related precautions were taken: No events with more than 1,000 people attending, meaning ghost games. No audience! Junior games were announced to happen without visitors at first, but ultimately got canceled altogether.
April: this is when they have their regular time off, spring break, after-season, whatever it's called. Usually a good time to relax and enjoy the play-offs, but nope, they got canceled. With a full-blown lockout in place there was nowhere to go during school spring break. No outings, no shopping 🛍️, no zoo 🐆, no restaurants 🍝, not even a hair 💇🏼appointment.
May: The IIHF ice hockey world championship was supposed to be happening in my country🇨🇭! Everybody had been excited, and many people volunteered to help set everything up. It got canceled.