We came up with a hand gesture system for Speed Skating Son. There are times he’s concentrating so hard on one thing when he’s on the ice he forgets about others. So we came up with signals for three main things he should always remember. After he does a drill, he’ll look up at us and we’ll either give him one of the signals or a huge thumbs up and a grin.
We started it this past Sunday and it was, without a doubt, the best I had ever seen him skate.
I had emailed Hockey Playing Husband yesterday and said “If Speed Skating Son keeps skating the way he skated last night, he’s going to have an amazing year! I, on the other hand, am a doubting Thomas and am worried that all this work I’m doing isn’t going to help me.”
To which he replied:
“Yes, you are a doubting Thomas. You’ve already improved 100%, this year will be no different, you’ll improve significantly again. We should do another video for comparison.”
But I do doubt myself mostly because I’ve never done anything even close to this in my life so I have absolutely nothing to compare it to. I’ve been working out like a fiend at home–including the damn stretches–and if there’s no improvement I’m going to be really, really embarrassed which I will hide with humour because making fun of myself puts a wall up so that it doesn’t hurt as much if someone else makes fun of me. Simply put my self-doubting can sometimes get the best of me.
And then I saw a tweet with a link to this video.
Do it anyway
Sometimes things come just when you need them. Speed skating starts up again in nine days.
p.s. An article I wrote was published at the Huffington Post and it’s been on the front page for two days. Happy Dance.
p.p.s. If you grew up watching Fraggle Rock, watch the video to the very end.