It started with ice skating. My husband decided early on that the boys should learn how to ice skate. He never learned how to skate as a child, and always felt left out as his cousins and friends ran off to play hockey. I, on the other hand, grew up on the ice. Lessons, frozen cranberry bogs, sit spins, and dates at the skating rink.
So, last winter, we loaded up with hats and gloves, second hand skates, and high expectations. And, I held all three of them up as we negotiated the South Boston Rink as all the little kids
flew by us at break neck speeds. It went well, and all three of the boys love it. They’re better this year, more independent, and sturdy on the skates. And, I’m starting to find my independence again as I have less people to hold up.
But, it started a trend that’s a bit hard to keep up. We decided, as a family, that the boys will learn how to do a bit of everything. We hope that they never have to say that they can’t do something because they don’t know how. We hope that they feel comfortable trying new things and attack new adventures as they come along.
So, they know how to kayak, rock climb, and shoot arrows. Play street hockey, horseshoes, and poker. Eat sushi, chacuterie, and paella. It’s a ludicrous amount of new experiences. But, they’re pretty civilized young gentlemen, and are rarely intimidated by new things.
But, trying new things is a bit of a pain in the ass. It’s one thing to get the boys to do things, but quite another to realize we have to do it all too. Hard to tell the kids to try new foods when you don’t eat red meat. Hard to teach them to not be afraid when you’re terrified of horses. Hard to teach them to always be game when sometimes you just don’t feel up to it. Hard to teach them to get out and have fun when you really just want to lay on the couch and watch HGTV.
So, today, instead of nursing a bad winter cold, checking emails, and watching movies, I’m going snowboarding. Not skiing (I know how to ski), but snowboarding. This forty year old lady is going to strap my legs to a board and aim down a mountain. Brilliant. Couldn’t be more pleased. Wish me luck!