I didn’t participate in sports as a kid. I wasn’t interested and quite frankly, was never really good at anything athletic. Even at eleven, my hamstrings were all tight and angry. Instead of sports I took baton and tap dancing – both of which I loved. My parents support and encouragement of my batonning career is a whole other post. Is there really anything more useless than baton twirling? Aside from a large green hat, an obscenely short skirt and the ability to duck superfast…I didn’t really get a lot out of it. Imagine your child coming to you with an interest in what could possibly be the world’s most useless extra-curricular activity and you supporting it 100%. Not only supporting it but staying up late to sew the costume for your baton twirling debut to the theme song from Superman.
Red satin shorts, navy blue t-shirt with superman logo on the front. For reals.
But it’s what parents do. So when Speed Skating Son and Hockey Playing Son come to me (to us) and say they want to try a sport or sew pajamas for the homeless, we support them. We sign them up, buy the equipment and spend the time to help make it a great experience. If they choose to not continue a sport because they don’t like it, we make them finish out the year–you don’t let your teammates down–and they can try something else.
We are lucky that we can afford to do this. Not once have we ever had to say “I’m sorry, we can’t sign you up for this activity because we don’t have the money“.
The same thing holds true for me and Hockey Playing Husband. We are able to afford our own sporty activities. He is able to play hockey (when he isn’t home with a bum knee) and I am able to speed skate or run in races whenever I please.
So why, WHY is it so hard for me to buy my own pair of speed skates?
For the past year I have rented my skates from the club.
But I want to invest in a pair of my own. And yet the cost, the cost I wouldn’t bat an eyelash at if it were for Speed Skating Son or Hockey Playing Son or Hockey Playing Dad, has me hesitating.
I’m a simple gal. I live in yoga pants and white tees. I dye my own roots in between trips to the salon and mostly like to hang out at home. My one weakness is books and there is no hesitation when it comes to bringing a new novel into my life.
I’m going to get them. I will purchase skates for myself before the year is out. New boots with used blades, I’m thinking.
But I wonder why it’s so hard for me to do it? And is it just me or do other moms feel this way as well?