My friend has been asking me to go skating with him and his son for months now and I’ve been blowing him off because I am in a band, and I don’t want the guy who can’t make practice cause he hurt himself. My friend should know because he was that guy when we played together.
But we don’t have a show booked for a few more weeks and my guitar playing on the demo is done, so I said, sure, I’ll go skateboard. And recently my son has decided to start riding the skateboard that my cousin gave him for Christmas 2 years ago. He’s just learning to push around on it, but he’s excited to go.
Part of the problem though is finding a park that won’t be murder for a small kid. Or me. Some of the parks here are too hard-
This park looks great… for someone who doesn’t have a family that expects him or her not to die. We found one that was a lot easier.
The park’s not the only danger. There’s also other skateboarders. Most other skaters are pretty courteous but if a place gets packed enough it doesn’t matter- boards and people are going to be flying everywhere. I tell my son, remember the words of Mad Eye Moody- CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
We had a good time, just cruised around for an hour or so. He’s just learning so he spent move of his time rolling around. I tried to remember the tricks I used to be able to do. Out of nowhere an elementary school kid asks me to play a game of S.K.A.T.E.- the skateboard version of the basketball game H.O.R.S.E. Maybe he thought I’d be a good mark. There was no winner because the park shut down, but we were tied, so I’d say I held my own.
It’s fun that my son is at an age when we can start doing these things together. I don’t want to push him too hard in skateboarding because I’d rather not having him come home with lots of broken bones. But he’s a cautious guy (like I am) so maybe it’s not a big deal. So far it’s fun.