9/14/09

Letting Go

Shark Boy was recently invited ice skating, a sport he'd never tried before. Luckily for him, I know how to skate without falling down much.

For nearly an hour we skated hand in hand, until finally he had the hang of it, well enough to let go.

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But for almost an hour we were hand in hand. Just like when he was learning to walk, he gripped my hand so tight, determined to do it, wobbly, needing my support.

Mommas - go now and teach your young sons how to ice skate. It's as good as a big long hug!

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We laughed and giggled when he lost his balance on the ice and I gripped him to keep him from falling, his legs shooting out and scrambling around like cartoon legs. His height and weight didn't give me much leverage, and sometimes I had to hold tight and let his falling body pull us around in a slow circle on the ice, until we came to a stop and he could get his feet under him.

I didn't think I'd get a picture of him skating because I could not hold him up and take pictures too. (I'm no Dorothy Hamill people.)

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We marveled together at the spinning, leaping feats of ice skaters and the reckless speed of hockey players. (You really cannot appreciate sports on ice until you step onto the ice and slide around on those steel blades yourself.)

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Even though some of his friends were skating around on their own, he held on to my hand for as long as it took, without seeming embarrassed or self-conscious about it. He didn't get frustrated. We were enjoying it together - wearing jackets in the summer, our cold hands clasped and the cool breeze on our cheeks.

All too soon, he knew how to go under his own power, without holding my hand and giggling at my attempts to keep us both upright.

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Mommas, don't be too good a teacher. Don't be too anxious to see them let go.

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You might find yourself replaced with someone more his own size.

13 comments:

mo.stoneskin said...

For some reason that made me feel a little teary. Note, no tears, just feeling that way inclined, a little. I think the realisation that my baby is becoming a toddler, and as she grows, becoming more of a person, and I get to teach her stuff, is hitting me!

de said...

Oh, boy. It's the last photo...

My 4 year old recently reminded me that he's missing something with wheels: roller skates. Then he wondered if boys skate. I should show him this.

Amy said...

mo. - You should become a Daddy blogger. You would be so awesome at that. (No actual tears - got it.)

de - Yes, the last photo. I taught him to skate and he replaced me with a younger, skinnier model. ~sigh~

Lori said...

Thanks for the tip. I love loving on my boys but unfortunately they are really starting to resist it as they get older.

I did get some serious cuddles from Surfer Dude when I carried him off the Cross Country field on Sunday. Injured child is not the best method for getting some boy lovin', but I'll take what I can get.

Amo said...

That's hilarious. I'm terrified of when I get replaced. (But my 5yo insists he's living w/ me FOREVER.) sigh.

evenshine said...

He's adorable. Those eyes! I can totally see him being a ladies man. Ahhh, it starts so soon...

Michele Renee said...

Adorable post. When my 6th grade boy was in 2nd grade he went to a roller skating party and never had been before. he got the hang of it and we went many times together and he would hold my hand. Two years later he joined a roller hockey team. We will go together soon and I asked him if he would hold my hand and go around once like we did last year (5th grade!). He said probably not. But at least he still wants me to go there to skate too!

mudmama said...

This made me feel a little teary, too! Sooo sweet!

2 Little Irish Boys said...

Oh, that is so sweet! I just love that feeling of them holding on and lauging. Very sweet.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Awwwww...

Pamela M. Kramer said...

That is so true! Very powerful Amy. I wish at times I could have held on a little longer. :(

Rima said...

Awe, I loved this! He is such a sweet boy.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Oh gosh...deep sigh...so important to hang on to those special mother/child moments before they decide they're too cool for us!

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