Well, after a season of SNOW and RAIN, with 2 ruggers on 3 different teams – our son on his high school 15s team (Go Bishop Dwenger Saints!!) and a 7s team from Fishers (Go Sparta 7s!), and our daughter on her high school 15s team (Go Bishop Dwenger Lady Saints!!) – we have enjoyed a quiet July, with the interruption of a fun-filled day of rugby at one of the Midwest’s oldest tournaments, the 44th Annual 3Rivers Rugby Tournament! The kids filled in off-and-on with touch rugby during June, and my son traveled with the 7s team. At the end of May, while I was hoping to be done with washing rugby shorts and jerseys, long socks and searching for mouth guards for awhile, I was not and we enjoyed several more weeks of rugby.
So, in these past few weeks, we’ve accomplished a lot of non-rugby tasks. We painted my daughter’s bedroom a very lovely rugby color, white with a SMIDGEON of magenta to make a pink color. It looks beautiful! My son had his wisdom teeth removed – all 4, all impacted – poor guy!! It was good to have several days to not do anything physical to encourage proper healing. We’ve traveled, we’ve been swimming, and right now we’re enjoying fall-like weather. Which makes me think of rugby!
So walking around the house today, here’s what I found:
A sad, lonely mouth guard!! The saddest part – I have no idea to whom this lovely mouth guard belongs! Being a frugal rugby mom, do I toss it? Do I re-sanitize it? Do I save it for some unknown reason? Hmmm… a mystery! I think the saddest part of this is that this mouth guard has sat within reach for at least 7 weeks. Time to move it along!
Ah, yes. A lovely pair of white rugby shorts. STILL sitting in the laundry room. Why? The last rugby match was at least 9 days ago. But at least they are clean!
I spy … 2 pairs of rugby shoes! My daughter’s pair will not be worn for months, until the spring 15s season begins. My son’s red rugby boots/cleats will never be worn again. Here’s why:
Sigh. Old red has met its match. This poor shoe blew out in early June at a 7s tournament. Yes, you read that correctly, early June. But, they are a favorite pair, and thus my son has lovingly wrapped this shoe with duct tape (duct tape is good for so many things!) and was able to get at least 5 more days of rugby out of this great pair of shoes. He usually wears striped socks as a scrumhalf, so with the striped navy-and-white socks and red shoes, I say he’s like Waldo out on the pitch. It makes him easy to find. We’ve GOT to replace these shoes this week, and I hope we find some good red ones. 🙂 Here’s a picture so you can see what I mean:
So much easier to see these red shoes against the navy uniforms and green grass, and thus, find my son on the pitch!
And finally, here’s something I got from Santa in my stocking this year, and I finally put it where it belongs:
And that, my friends, is my favorite title.