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August 11, 2006

Cross-Cultural Experiences. . . Sorta. . .

Today I went with a friend and her boys to the local homeschool roller skate day.

Roller skating is almost as all-American as baseball and apple pie. It was a brand new experience for my three younger boys. Even though we've been back in the States for over a year, the boys are still having new "American" cultural firsts. A couple of weeks ago they were introduced to bowling.

We started by staying on the carpet and keeping balance on wheels. I instructed them to try to fall on their bottoms and not use their arms to block falls. We ventured out onto the floor after awhile. I skated once around with R7. A little bit with T8 (until I wiped out. Yeouch.) And C5 just dove in fearlessly.

They did great. Some trepidation, lots of falls--but by the time the age-grouped races came, they all participated. (And they each came in last for their age group. *L*) Yet I was so happy they were willing to take the risk of joining a race when they were so new to an activity.

I bet the homeschool organizers didn't realize just how educational an experience roller skating could be.

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Ahh... I remember those roller-skating parties of my youth. (ha, ha that makes me sound old) That song YMCA was a favorite... along with the arm motions. What music do they play at homeschool roller-skating parties?

That's great that they were so adventurous to try a new thing! I'm sure they will remember this experience for a long time.

Posted by: Anne@Anne'sCafe at August 12, 2006 08:28 AM

Brings back old memmories for me too. I used to go roller skateing all the time with my then church youth group when I was a teen and then with the singles group before I got married in 1998.

I remmember one time going roller skating and then having a doctor appointment the next day.
my then PDOC (Psychiatrist) asked me how well I skated, I told her I skate like a chicken ...more like a decapitated one.

She snorted and laughed so hard she nearly fell out of her chair.

Posted by: HollyHobbie at August 12, 2006 08:46 PM

i tried roller hockey with my kiddos last year... sheesh, that was a lot of laughs...
trying to s-t-o-p while chasing a lotta kids wielding sticks..
trying to figure out WHAT to do with my stick while trying to s-t-o-p...

yee-harr :o)

Posted by: kate5kiwis at August 13, 2006 09:02 PM

Anne, they played contemporary Christian music that I guess people had brought. I recognized a few names, but none of the music. Except for "We Are the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything." I must be getting old.

*L* Kate! I can just picture you with stick-weilding kids and uncontrollable skating!

HollyHobbie, ahhh, a friend of shared acronymns.

Posted by: TulipGirl at August 13, 2006 09:22 PM


 
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