I was a kid who was not physically active growing up. By “not physically active”, I mean “not physically active.” I walked to school and I rode my bike to my friends’ houses, but I lived in a wee town and it’s not like I had a long way to go. As for team sports, they were not my thing. They never have been, and they never will be. It’s a miracle if I make a basket, baseball consists of me throwing the ball to the opposing team and getting line drives to my thigh, and volleyball is just the stupidest sport ever.
Non-team sports are my thing. Running requires nothing other than legs and good shoes, and the company of friends is always welcome. I’ve been attending a boot camp for seven (!) years now, and I love how she keeps pushing us in both our cardio and our strength. We took up skiing as a family three years ago now, and whether it’s with the family or with friends, it’s always amazing to be out there. Snow shoeing is something that we (mostly I) have taken up as well, and it’s one heck of a workout. There’s something about being in the middle of a quiet forest, surrounded by trees that are heavy with snow, to make you stop and take it all in.
I’ve always prayed that my kids would find their “thing.” Two of the three get the slow metabolism that I was born with (The other one couldn’t gain weight if he tried), and I want them to find their “thing” sooner that I did, so they can be active and healthy and not be as out of shape as I was. All three are better skiers than I am (Yay!) and love to be on the hill. They like to walk and to hike and to spend our summers swimming in the lake.
They have each been finding their thing, which makes me so happy.
Graham is our strongest skier, and cannot wait for rugby to start this spring. He’s as solid as a rock, and is totally built for the sport.
Nathan is a runner like me, and is also playing basketball for his fifth grade team…and also with the sixth graders at the Middle School. A few of the fifth graders were asked if they wanted to play on the sixth grade team, and he’s rocking it. (His Dad — former Captain of the basketball team, and local legend — is now assistant coach. Apple, meet tree.)
Emily is a fish in the water, and I’ve suggested many times that she should be in a swim club. Being the independent girl that she is, it had to come from her. Last week she told me that she wanted to join the swim club. We signed her up for a few lessons (with her best friend) with the plan to start swim club in the fall. She got out of her lesson yesterday (Tired, and) excited and exclaiming how she could not wait for her next lesson.
Three different beings, three different wirings, and three different activities they’re pumped about. I love it.
(We so need to move into town, because I see a lot of driving in my future.)