Soccer teaches us so much.
Sportsmanship. Camaraderie. Creativity.
Bad words in several languages.
Some are life lessons, such as what it means to be a good teammate, or how to deal with wins and losses. None of us gets out of this game (of life) with a perfect record, after all.
Sometimes, you learn about animals. Real and imagined.
I introduce to you … the Muleicorn.
It’s the mascot of Marie’s U14 girls soccer team. A muleicorn is the lovechild of the mule (yes, I realize they’re sterile) and unicorn (sure, I’m aware they’re pretend.) If you’re at work, don’t research this happy hybrid. I clicked on a site prohibited by my employer because of its root in illegal drugs.
Maybe you have to be high to see one.
What’s worse than being called a Muleicorn, you ask?
Having to tell your friends and family that you lost to the Muleicorns on Saturday.
Muleicorns – that’s them, the girls in baby blue and grey, with hand held on their foreheads, index finger up to signify the horn, kicking back with one leg and braying like champions when they score – CAN score. Four goals, in fact, to three, against the defending league champ on opening day.
The strength of a mule and the magic of a unicorn are apparently tough to beat.
For more on soccer lessons that I’ve learned, come with me to Work in Sweats Mama’s blog. If you don’t know Nicole, you should. We discovered each other’s blogs through a mutual admiration for Girls on the Run, and the profound effect a child who runs can have on a parent’s life.
Check out my 5 Lessons From the Soccer Pitch, and read some of Nicole’s awesome posts there.