Jolly Holiday With Mary

What is MaryMary really like? To borrow from Mary Poppins, we spent a jolly holiday with her.

She is the kind of person who will park her kids for three hours to drive an hour on a day off, to sit in a local ice rink and watch someone else's kid play hockey. The someone else would be me, the day in question was President's Day, and at the time, she was the most famous person at the Reston SkateQuest Olympic rink.

But no techno-celeb autograph signings for her. Just great cheering. She cheers the way the writes: authentic, fun, concise.

But in true MaryMary style, we needed to make the Important Connections. Think of them as the links in life that imitate a blog. So I introduced Mary to one of our team parents, a figure skating coach who had just been on his cell phone with one of his skating friends from Russia. Now MaryMary knows someone who knows an Olympic gold medalist.

When asked where her cheering accomplices had gone for the day, Mary told us they were bowling. We warned her that precisely that kind of "we're bored, let's do something different" activity led us to be watching our fifth youth hockey game in less than 48 hours, a 4-hour drive from home. My wife added that bowling doesn't seem as all-encompassing as ice hockey, until you realize that my wife (and I) went to high school with a fairly quiet, good-natured guy who went bowling on his days off -- and turned into 29-time PBA Champion Parker Bohn.

School holidays are when dreams are born, aren't they?

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