I’ve never really done much skateboarding at all, but the kids are super into it, and love to skateboard to school. This morning Todd took Nadine to school early and Miles, who is always drumming up possible ‘I Nevers’ for me said, “Your ‘I Never’ for today should be to skateboard to school!” I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but I agreed.
It’s pretty much all down hill on the way to school. The first big hill is the alley behind our house, which is covered in pine needles and pine cones, so it’s a bit of an obstacle course on a skateboard. I tentatively got on the skateboard, and started getting some speed. I thought to myself, I can do this! This is really fun and feels a lot like snowboarding. Then I hit a pine-cone and went flying, landing awkwardly (but thankfully) on my feet, and sending the skateboard flying behind me. Okay, now I was scared.
Miles of course just kept riding along confidently, down the whole alley, off the curb and onto the next alley with an even steeper hill. I walked for a bit while Miles taught me all about skateboarding. When the slope of the hill subsided to an agreeable angle, I got back on. Now the hills were just the right speed for me, and I started gaining confidence, practicing hopping off and on and going over small bumps.
As we got closer to school the other mom’s starting saying things like, “Go mom!” and seemed downright impressed. I have to say, I got a pretty decent workout and had a lot of fun. I’m still petrified of falling, but I think this is something I could get better at. Is it too late to pick up skateboarding at age 47? We’ll see…