This afternoon, while I was diligently searching through the 50% off end of summer clothing at Savers, our children stumbled upon what might have been the greatest recreational invention to come out of the early nineties… Rollerblades. To be honest, I think that Christian was inspired by his latest obsession with watching D2: The Mighty Ducks, and particularly the part where they rollerblade all over the Mall of America. It was probably the driving force behind his impassioned plea for me to buy him and Ellee both their own pairs. After checking the price tag and realizing it would be an $8 dollar investment for a childhood dream, I consented.
As soon as we got home, and after they excitedly showed Daddy their new finds, they were off and running. And then, they were off and falling.
Apparently, rollerblading is pretty tricky.
Christian welcomed the challenge with confidence.
“I think I’m going to be pretty amazing at this, Mom,” he told me.
Then, he proceeded to tell me how quick and agile he was and a little bit after that, he took quite the spill. And it was probably good for his ego. But, he shook it off, and got up with a smile, because he was too busy, living his 9 year old’s rollerblading dream.
Ellee, on the other hand, proceeded with great caution.
After a few hard falls, she wasn’t so sure about it anymore.
Thankfully, her Daddy was there to give her a helping hand.
And a few impassioned pep talks.
And then, she was ready to try again.
Here’s to new adventures. I love a good bargain, I love exercise, and I love seeing our kids try new things. I’m sure there will be many more falls, but I know that they’ll learn, and they’ll get back up and that soon enough, they will be well on their way.