We were invited to a birthday party at a roller rink today. Now, back in the day, your dad and I were quite the roller skaters/ rollerbladers, but I didn’t remember it being such a difficult concept to pick up. This was the 1st time skating for either of you, so you were very excited.

When we got your skates the attendant asked if you wanted a “skating buddy”, which is a pvc pipe kind of walker that helps you to learn to skate by assistant you with balance. You both laughed at the offer, and in your pride, you declined. Fast forward a few minutes…you saw all these little girls skating past you, so you assumed you’d be whizzing by them as soon as you stepped foot on the floor. Mmmmhmmmm. That did not happen.

It took the three of us (I kept my street shoes on) a total of 12 minutes to make one complete circle around the rink. You could not take two consecutive “steps” in a row without wiping out. At one point, you were each holding on to one of my hands for dear life, and I got the case of the giggles. I had to literally stop and sit down in the rink because I was going to pee my pants….the sight of you two “macho” boys attempting to skate was the funniest thing I had seen in my life. After our first disasterous trip around, you boys said nonchalantly, “maybe we could try one of those skating buddies”. I grabbed you two of them, and even then, you could not put one foot in front of the other. I lost track of how many times you fell. Each fall was more ungraceful than the fall before.

Parker, I think this may have been the first time you tried a new athletic skill, and didn’t master it immediately. The difficulty of the sport literally shocked you. You got so frustrated, you left the floor after a solid effort of about 40 minutes, and got an ice pack for your knee (which you fell on pretty hard). You ended up playing games on my phone for the remainder of the party.

Kenters, you shocked me. Even though you kept falling, you wouldn’t get off the floor. You LOVED it. I kept praising your effort, and your resilience. Each time you fell, you’d just get right back up and try again. I was so proud of your effort!!!!! After we returned the skates, you looked at me and said, “THIS IS AWESOME!”

By the end of our time there, you could both make it good 30 seconds without a fall. I call that a success, seeing as how at the beginning of our time, you couldn’t stand still without collapsing.

On the way home from the party, I felt like we had to celebrate the effort and the fact that you were both willing to try something new. We stopped and got ice cream from McDonalds (yes we had just come from a bday party where you were pumped full of sugar), but I wanted to recognize and applaud your risk taking adventure.

We got two coupons for free skating sessions to which Parker, you said, “NO WAY!”, and Kent you said, “I CAN’T WAIT!”

We need to take Daddy with us, so there can be one parent to one child. Daddy seems to think that your inability to grasp the concept lies with the teacher (me), and that he could teach you because he was a rock star at skating in the 80’s (Lord help us all).

For your viewing pleasure (please forgive me that I find your misfortune entertaining), there should be 4 vidoes. Parker, you are in the yellow, and Kent, you are in blue.

Author: bethany

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