Vacation or Soccer Playoffs?

in blog •  14 days ago

My son's 3rd grade soccer team has made it to the playoffs ... but we are due to go on vacation the day of the first game. What's a mom to do?

I've got a dilemma, and I need your help.


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The good news: My son's AYSO soccer team is undefeated, and they have made it into the playoffs.

The bad news: We have a vacation planned and leave on Saturday, the day of their first playoff game.

When we told the coach we weren't going to be there, he said the kids look forward to this all year and he couldn't believe we were going to miss it. He almost made us feel like we should reschedule our (nonrefundable) plans.

When we originally scheduled the vacation, we thought the soccer season would be over, so we never even factored it in at all.

Part of me just says to go ahead and go on vacation ... if they win the two playoff games (Saturday and Sunday), they'll play the following weekend -- and my son could make it for that game. Plus, hello, it's third grade -- is it really THAT big of a deal? My son doesn't seem to be too concerned about it.

Another part of me wonders if I should try to postpone our vacation by a day or two -- but that means we lose out on two vacation days that we've already paid for. And in this recession, we can't really afford to blow money like that.

What would you do in my shoes? Go on vacation as planned, or reschedule to accommodate the playoff games? Help!

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