I, like I expect many of you are, am a hockey fan conflicted.
I had been desperately wishin’ and hopin’ for an end to the lockout and now that it’s here, that is part of me that feels…weird.
Like my friend Karen said ”It’s like when your teenager runs away from home, and you find her safe but hungry two days later, you’re so happy to see that she’s safe, but then you want to kill her.”
That’s kind of how I feel about you, NHL.
Well, without the killing.
Because killing is bad.
My rage quickly dissipates and I so desperately want to run back into hockey’s open, waiting, and exceptional Channing Tatum-arms and forgive it for everything its put me though these last few months.
But the other part of me – the jilted, slightly bitter girlfriend part – is wary. I am suspicious of you and your intentions.
My mind is still confused by the fact that this lockout even had to happen at all.
I want to take you back, Hockey. Really, I do. My life has been incomplete without you.
But you have to understand how hard this is for me.
I need an apology and I think I, and all the hockey fans deserve some sort of apology. We need a gesture of good faith to let us know that you still love us and need us and want us in your life.
Because we need you.
Until that time when I get such an apology, I will do my best to work past my feelings of abandonment and try by best to forgive.
And I’ll use these quotes as inspiration…
“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”― John F. Kennedy
“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“Three months ago, if you asked me, I would have told you that if you really loved someone, you’d let them go. But now I look at you, and I dreamed about Maggie, and I see that I’ve been wrong. If you really love someone, Allie, I think you have to take them back.”
“A broken friendship that is mended through forgiveness can be even stronger than it once was.”
“Jane, I never meant to wound you thus…Will you ever forgive me?” Reader, I forgave him at the moment and on the spot.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre