It’s so rare that I spend one-on-one time with my son. He has a classic case of middle-child syndrome. Emily has such a strong personality, and a constant need for attention. those two characteristics, combined with the fact that she’s super attached to me, mean Joshua gets pushed to the side a lot. because he doesn’t mind. he’s so laid back. He’s just such a happy, content little boy.
A few weeks ago, we signed him up for skating lessons. Finally, something that’s all his own. he has taken other classes before – swimming and music – but Emily’s always been in them too. Because they are so close in age, they’ve often gotten lumped together, because a) it’s easier for me and b) i thought it would be nice that they’d always have each other.
but, a couple months ago he expressed an interest in hockey and learning to skate. the husband and i jumped at the chance. and we found a class for him in a perfect time slot. sunday morning. i would take the girls to Emily’s ballet class, while the husband would take the boy to skating.
imagine my surprise when Joshie turned to me and said he wanted ME to take him to skating. I jumped at the chance! Finally! some one-on-one time with my only son!
I couldn’t have been happier. Seriously.
he went out onto the ice for his 30 minute class. because it’s his second time out on the ice. ever. (and i don’t count the cheese-cutters) his intructions are fiarly simple. skate to one end of the rink and back.
i watched in pure parental bliss – so proud of my son – as he inched his way across the ice. he fell. lots. and lots. but he kept picking himself back up. and he kept going. he was in heaven. every so often he’d turn to look at me and wave. and my heart was bursting at the seams.
After skating, i treated my son to a hot chocolate at Starbucks. We chatted about girls. “Mommy, i broke up wif Kyra. Now my new girlfriend is Daniella!” We chatted about playing hockey. “Mommy, i hope i can play hockey like daddy when i gwow up!”
It just may have been the best date i’ve ever been on.
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