Skatemom Jill and her friend, Jason, in Florida.
I learned an important lesson today. It’s not always about the skating. Sometimes it can be about the experience of getting there too.
My friend Jason is a very special boy who lives at a children’s home about 45 minutes from our house. Jason is not allowed to skate there, but the home gave me and my husband permission to take Jason skating. So we picked up Jason, and got his board from his grandmother’s house, along with her blessing for the trip.
We had planned to visit two parks not far from the children’s home. First we thought we’d hit the City of Lake Mary Park. We made it there, excited, with a cooler full of drinks, and our enthusiasm bubbling. But we couldn’t skate because I forgot to get Jason’s grandmother to sign a waiver form.
Not to be deterred, we got back in the car and headed in the direction we came from to the City of Deltona. But we got hopelessly lost along the way, and when we finally made it to the skatepark there, it was open only to BMX riders. Shut down again!!
We realized we needed a map if we were going to find our way out of Deltona and back to the children’s home and civilization. We stopped at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere. While my husband went inside for a map, Jason and I waited, forlorn, in the back seat of the car.
I looked out the window. We were parked next to an abandoned shopping center. Jason and I looked at each other … and smiled.
We geared up and sessioned the parking lot. There were no cars and we just goofed around. I’ve never skated on asphalt before. I found a gentle slope and glided down it, working on my bertslides at the bottom. Jason pulled all kinds of tricks that look the same to me but have different names. We had fun, giggles and sweaty skating for about 20 minutes. By then, we were starved (we had spent 2 hours trying to find a place to skate) and had to get Jason back to the children’s home.
We had skated, even though it was just for a few minutes on an abandoned patch of asphalt, so I count the day as a success!! And I think Jason does too.
Skatemom Jill in FL