Either way, there is the cool factor, and for a boy, that’s important. We used to go the park a lot several months ago, but N’s interest seemed to abate when he got his new bike. I sort of figured it would because it meant another learning period, where the fun wanes and the challenges renew, but we seemed to have moved passed that. The skate park is a double edged sword because on the one hand you like having an audience, but it also means scrutiny.
Speaking of scrutiny, I think N gets some points with the other kids because he’s on the more capable end of the spectrum. This has earned him a bit of a following amongst the little ones, who tend to follow him around and chat him up. He might allude to it being a bit annoying, but secretly I think he finds it flattering, as well. The bigger kids have to be coy, but several have given him positive feedback, and when you’re dealing with teenage boys, that’s about as good as it’s going to get.
The timing of his renewed interest is good because in the next couple of weeks A is off to camp, and the weather has been stellar. What more can you ask for?
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Tom Rokosz for the pic.