Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thanks, Walt

I don't know a thing about ice skating. You'd think that an Alaskan would be all kinds of expert when it comes to any and all winter sports, but I was born and raised in a small town that didn't have a rink. I do remember skating on a pond once or twice, but that's about it. So my 9-year-old would have to decide that she's going to become a figure skater. Why can't any of my kids like basketball? WHY?!

At her first lesson, the teacher immediately moved my daughter up to Basic 2. Evidently, there are 8 Basic Skating levels you must pass before advancing to Freeskate, where one can start training seriously for figure skating. She passed Basic 2 and, upon her first class in Basic 3, was moved up to Basic 4. Then the kid had to go and watch the Disney film, Ice Princess. That movie combined with her natural and rapid progression has lit a fire under my girl like you can't believe. She wants to practice EVERY DAY. This is totally coming from her, as I would love nothing better than to stay in my pajamas and read a good book, but noooo, she's grabbing me by the hand and pulling me to the minivan so I will drive her to the rink and she can work on her spins and whatnot. We've come to a compromise—I take her every Tuesday and Thursday after school so she can practice for an hour-and-a-half. AN HOUR AND A HALF! I can't get her to sleep in her own bed at night that long, but there she is out on the ice with a stern expression, determined to perfect her sit spin. Her practice is paying off, because two lessons into Basic 4 she was moved up to 5, and then upon completion, graduated to Basic 6. Recap: in less than 3 months, my heretofore unfocused and loosey-goosey daughter has turned into a self-motivated training machine who has advanced herself to a level 6.

Then there are the twins.

Note to self: wash, fold, and give away that shirt.

Just when she was gathering the courage to venture away from the wall,
that big kid had to go and wipe out right in front of her.

I think I'll sit my 3-year-olds in front of Ice Princess this weekend, and demand that they take notes.

Dinner last night: lasagna, mixed veggies


Sadia said...

Oh, how CUTE! It's wonderful that she's found a passion so young. Mine was the saxophone. I played for 7 years, and ended up marrying a saxophonist.

Unknown said...

That's great that she enjoys ice skating so much AND is so good at it. I'd probably injure myself before I even got my skates on!

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

I laughed out loud when I saw the twin's belly shirt!
I'm jealous of your ice skating girls, though. That's one of those dreams of mine that never came to fruition. I'm certainly not going to try now -- broken hips/knees/ankles aren't good in old ladies!

Classic Passion said...

You should be very proud

Anonymous said...

I think it is wonderful! My one daughter has much greater physical strength and control than the other and the other of course can do many other things she cannot do so well! But I think she will probably be good at sports! She has not yet decided on a passion yet!

Katherine said...

That is great that your daughter has found something she loves that much. Even if it means sitting for hours at the edge of the ice rink for you.

When we took my kids ice skating, they not only held on to the edge the entire time, they screamed that they were going to DIE if I made them let go. Not sure when we will do that again.

Unknown said...

What a great mommy you are to support her new passion. If she is that talented, let her go for it!

Karen M. Peterson said...

It's amazing what kids can do when they find something they truly love. I hope she sticks with it!

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

You've got an Olympic athlete on your hands!