I went on a field trip with J’s class two weeks ago today. That’s where these photos are from.
It was a P.E. field trip to Lone Mountain Cross Country Ski area where the students cross country skiied and snow shoed all day. They had a blast, and so did I. This was despite the fact that it was a high of about 5 degrees that day – but the sun was out and the skies were beautiful, which is more than I can say for the warmer gray days of this week.
J loves to cross country ski and snow shoe. He loves any winter sport. Right now he is really interested in learning to ice climb. We live just minutes away from a world renowned ice climbing area, so I guess it isn’t outrageous to think that he could follow his dream and learn this sport.
That is, until you see the cost of the equipment. Wow! I don’t think anything besides the harnesses and helmets are less than $200 an item. It was a bit of sticker shock when we went into the ice climbing equipment area of RE I two nights ago. Fortunately you can rent ice climbing gear. I think we’ll be going that route for awhile.
The other winter sport J expressed an interest in recently was learning to bobsled. Yeah, right. He had it all worked out – we can go down to Salt Lake City (7 hours each way) and use the Olympic track that was built there over a decade ago. It is open to the public for thrill rides. Maybe we’ll do that some day, but probably not in the next week or so for J’s birthday.
I’m not sure that was the answer J was looking for on the bobsledding. Oh well, these coming teen years are going to be full of great dreams and the reality of implementing them in a practical way.
I try not to be too pessimistic about what these teen years will be like. After all, J has good basic character even if he is a bit disorganized. He’s kind and loving. He’s funny, engaged in the world, good at talking with adults, and with the exception of school work, pretty darn self motivated. People enjoy him, including me.
Yes, he does push the limits a bit with attitude and a tiny bit of mouthiness, but he still responds well to correction in that area. I don’t want to be a Pollyanna about it, but I think we can do this. It won’t be easy, I know, but since when has anything in life been easy?