Yesterday I put on my Hot Chilly’s, packed the car with three snowboards, one pair of skis, and three reluctant passengers, and drove up a mountain. It was snowing, and the police were pulling some cars over half-way up the mountain and forcing them to park. To say that I was concerned when they allowed me to pass and continue the drive up is an understatement. However, we arrived at the top safely with a few of my nerves still intact. The snow and wind picked up as the four of us fought to get into our gear and to the slopes for our lessons. If you’ve ever tried to put ski boots on a fussy six year old in a tempest, then perhaps you can understand how close to the edge of sanity I was inching.
A long story short:
Gear on. Instructors located. Brave face, the kids are watching.
Blizzard. Ski lift. Big mountain. A fear of falling.
Falling now. Repeatedly. Instructors laugh.
Oops. Wrong turn. Instructors stop laughing. A walk back up.
White out. Can’t see. Worried. Kids continue. Mama doesn’t.
Day over. Snow swirling. Slippery, slow drive down.
Brave face, the kids are watching.
The moral of this short story? Fear it. Face it. Know when to order a hot chocolate and call it a day.
Even if the kids are watching.