It wasn’t my idea. It was my husband’s birthday gift to us.
The boy talked about it for days before hand. He was super-excited. Me? NO! No, No. Terrified is what I was. At this stage in my life, careening down the snow and ice-covered slopes of Mount Pakenham while standing on two slippery sticks in the dead of winter seemed a little foolhardy to me. I didn’t want to do it, and I didn’t pretend otherwise. Oh sure, I’d heard all the stories. Alpine skiing is the funnest thing ever… You’ll have a blast… It’s easier than it looks… Blah blah blah… I assure you, I’ve heard those stories p-uh-lenty of times. I’ve also heard the story of Glen Bonsall, a classmate of mine who broke a leg in Grade 3 and had to stumble around in a cast for the rest of the year. I remember as a child seeing the 1975 movie “The Other Side of The Mountain“, based on the true story of the skier Jill Kinmont who was paralyzed from the neck down after a terrible fall during a ski race. And most recently, I’ve heard the tragic story of the movie star, Natasha Richardson, who died after hitting her head while downhill skiing. These are the stories that did not sit well with me. These are the stories that scared the living snowflakes out of me and help to explain why it’s taken me 43 years to finally do it.
But I put my fears aside. I did it. So did my son. We alpine skied. With the skis and the boots and the snow and everything. Down a mountain. Yesterday. And happily, we’re still here to tell the tale. We also agree that we may just have to try it again someday.
Thank you to Peter and Miranda for teaching us how to ski. We very much appreciate you coming along and taking such good care of us up on the slopes.
And Lo, I’m glad you’re brave enough to let me know me that I am a work-in-progress who still has a LOT to learn. Thank you for strong-arming me out of my comfort zone. I know I’m a bull-headed, stubborn, know-it-all sometimes. But lucky for me, so are you. ♥
Oh, and speaking of works-in-progress (WIPS), the above pictures show glimpses of a WIP that will be revealed on Wednesday when I take on my little sister Ariane from Ariane’s Crafts in my next Make It Good Challenge… I’m so excited to see what she’s been up to, I cannot wait until Wednesday! Eeeee!
Until then, have yourself a lovely day!