Friday, January 25, 2013
I used to love the Winter X Games. I actually live about 15 minutes from where they take place. For years I'd go out and watch the competition in person until I realized how much easier it was to just sit at home with the heat on and watch them from TV, then go out and hit the after parties. But as of last night its official, I hate the Winter X Games!
While watching the qualification round of the Men's Snowboard Superpipe I had two boys on my lap screaming at the top of their lungs:
and my personal favorite:
A 2-year old and 4-year old were transfixed by the flips, the speed, the height. They simply couldn't get enough. I of course felt like that once, before I had kids. Now when I see the admiration come from their eyes when the "Flying Tomato" hits the screen I fear for the future.
I simply can't imagine what mother's must go through when they stand on those sidelines and watch their baby boys or girls do double back flips in the air over a solid sheet of ice. Or the poor moms whose sons are hanging upside down under a 450 pound snowmobile. How can they stand there and just watch? What do their insides feel like at that moment? And let's not even go to the moment where one of the sons or daughters misses the trick, hits the ground, and lies motionless for seconds that must feel like years.
I don't want to be that mom, and yet, living where I live and watching the excitement in my sons eyes when I take him to his ski lessons on a Saturday morning, I know the chances of me being that mom are very real. Hell, my mom is that mom. No, I'm not a champion snowboarder, but there is a risk every time I strap that board on that I know she fears much more than myself. In fact, I really have no fear when I ride. As I am sure the professional athletes at the X Games have little if any fear. As I am sure my children with have no fear. And yet I will be shaking in my boots, covering my eyes, likely puking my guts up on the side of the mountain, all in the wait of hearing a "YEAH BAAABYYYY," when my boys land on their feet!