indulge me for a minute, mmmkay?
(proud parent moment coming your way.)
lynnie-lou doesn’t like to venture out and try new things often. she is a teensy-weensy little bit like her dad in that regard, he doesn’t care too much for change. this kid, well, she goes above and beyond that and doesn’t like pretty much anything out of the norm.
not a snowball’s chance…
a different color cap on the milk and her world implodes.
this summer, we (her dad and i) were trying our hardest to convince her to venture out and try something (anything!!) new.
first, there was a cooking class. she would have gone with her cousin (notice the “would have” there) but bringing it up only brought her to tears.
she told us that she was interested in art camp so we, very excitedly, got her in there. she loved it.. after being nervous that she wouldn’t know anyone there…
my friend called, wondering if lynn would be interested in taking ice skating lessons. her daughter has always wanted to, but thought it would be funner with a friend.
let me tell you, merrill and i were doing our best to talk this kid into it.
she tried crying.
she tried stressing.
she tried to out-right, flat-out say no, and we wouldn’t let her off that easily. we told her to sleep on it.
the next day (the day of the first lesson), the kid told me that she didn’t want to do it because she was scared she would get hurt. crack her head open, break her leg.. she had dreamed up some real great possibilities.
so i enlightened her.
(that is part of my job as “mom”.)
“did you know that you could fall down the stairs and break your leg?”
“does it stop you from coming down the stairs?”
“did you know that we could get in a car accident today? maybe even die?”
“does that stop us from going anywhere? do we just sit at home?”
(still shocked. maybe i took this a bit too far.. nah.)
“did you know that when we fly to disneyland this fall, we could crash? does that stop us from going?”
“we could get there some other way… we could drive?”
“did you know that it is more likely that we get into a car accident than our plane crash?”
okay.. maybe i went a little too far.
but guess what?
she decided to learn to ice skate!
(and she had fun.)
(after she was over the nervousness..)
so they look like they are dancing..
they caught each other, saved each other from falling. probably breaking open their heads or something..
the funniest thing had to be seeing lynn, talk to herself constantly! when she was near riley, she would yammer on to her. i kept telling her, like she was really going to hear me, to knock it off!! she is such a chatterbox.
this is after they crashed again.. well, after lynn crashed and her arm, flailing, took out riley’s leg.
as i type this, she is over my shoulder, yammering on even more about how excited she is to go next week..
julie and I are too. we get a great core workout from all the laughing we do while we watch them.