My daughter and I have a bi-weekly tradition of skating which is quickly providing me with an enormous amount of aches and pains. I overlook them, because…well…I am getting a chance to skate with my kid and you can’t replace memories like that. Still, I hurt. Today, I took a tumble for the ages, landing on my wrist and elbow. I’m not going to get into details or even complain but let’s just say, it hurts to type. I simply must blog though. I am devoted, if anything.
When you are 21 and fall to the ice, you get back up and keep skating. When you are 41 and fall on your wrist and elbow, the following things go through your head.
1. What the hell am I doing on ice skates at age 41?
2. Why does it feel like a truck just ran over my arm?
3. If I tell my seven year-old we have to stop skating, will she cry?
4. Do I smell pizza and beer? That would be awesome right about now.
After skating, we went out for frozen yogurt at a place called Koala Berry. Maybe you have a Koala Berry where you live, or a place similar. You choose from 15 or so amazing flavors, then dump about 100 ounces of toppings at .45 cents an ounce on top of it, then eat like you’ve never had a sundae before. I went for the birthday cake flavor with hot fudge and peanuts and crushed kit kat’s. A simple, yet delicate blend of sugar, sugar and sugar. Yum.
My daughter picked a flavor called root beer float. She added a variety of candy, hot fudge, marshmallows and Sour Patch Kids. Gummy bears with a sour kick from hell. I first had Sour Patch Kids while on a movie date in high school. They were so incredible, I quickly ate two bags and forgot who I was out with. On ice cream though? I asked my daughter if she was certain she wanted to add them to her already (rather disgusting) ice cream. She nodded in the affirmative. I swear I saw one of the sour patch kids cringe as she sprinkled them on top.
We let our kids top their sundaes because they need to learn about failure on their own. We need to let them do it, because without the experience of Sour Patch Kids, Root Beer Float and Hot Fudge (and marshmallows and kit kats and M and M’s), they can’t learn for themselves that some things look better than they taste.
After three bites of her $6.00 sundae, my daughter was done. Chalk it up to experience, I guess. Maybe I’m a sucker for her deep blue eyes. Maybe I just can’t tell her no. One thing we both realized today–a Root Beer Float flavored frozen yogurt with the toppings mentioned above is something you try once in your life and then never again. Like sticking your finger in a light socket or zipping up a little too fast, all it takes is one time to realize you never need to do that again to be happy!
Sadly, I did notice a gummy worm and crushed candy cane compartment close to the Sour Patch Kids. With 14 other flavors of frozen yogurt left to try plus a ton of other toppings, something tells me we are in for a great deal of $6.00 lessons in the near future.
This is why we parent.