Win One for The Mommy

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  1. Pam says:

    Oh yes Jocelyn, it is a singular pleasure to be part of the audience.My daughter is much more outgoing than I am, and I watch her soar with it.Great post!

  2. Becky Cazares says:

    Ahhh youth. The only soaring I did as a kid just happens to be downhill skiing! We chucked the ski poles as obtrusive and just tucked in the elbows and flew. Took calculus, too, but the only thrill there (and the only memory) was in being one of only two girls in a class of 12! Anyway, love the pic of Niblet knitting. Priceless!

  3. citizen of the world says:

    They do indeed grow up. It’s both exhilerating and terrifyling to watch.

  4. kmkat says:

    I can teach you to knit 😉

  5. yinyang says:

    I live less than a three hour’s drive from places like Copper and Breckenridge. I have never, ever been skiing.

    My younger sister taught me how to finger knit. Much easier than needle work, that’s for sure.

    Girl paces? I pace, too. Pacing is what awesome people do.

  6. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    My younger daughter jumps horses and has been to Tahiti and Moorea twice, just for starters. In one way or another, each of my children has grown past me and developed abilities that I can only dream of.

    I really believe that is how it is supposed to be, each generation surpassing the one before. Otherwise, what would be the point in all that breeding? (Um. Besides the pleasure of the breeding part, that is.)

    Now I have to look up finger knitting as I am only familiar with the kind that uses needles. I always learn so much when I come here.

  7. Fragrant Liar says:

    I’m impressed by the finger knitting, especially that you can do it while you pace. OPnly I’m not sure why you would pace when you’re a kidlet. Do tell. 😉

    My girls (all four of them) definitely have done some things I never did or would. Not all of it is marvelous, but they’re totally fascinating to watch.

    And now I, too, must learn to fingerknit.

  8. lime says:

    yes, it’s the experiences i lacked far more than the things i lacked that i’ve wanted my kids to have (within the scope of their intersts because i would force then to do an activity they had zero interest in, just facilitate exploration of what catches curiosity). i see we are of like mind once again.

    oh, and when they are perched on the edge of the nest, ready for take off, such a strange thing that is.

  9. flutter says:

    I volunteer to be your personal knitting guru. You and me, kid. I won’t even poke you in the eye with a needle

  10. monica says:

    Ah yes, those kids sets us back in awe again and again.. :o)
    Next time you’re in Sønderborg make sure to look me up..

  11. Jazz says:

    Honestly, I’ve never seen the point of standing on two sticks and throwing myself off a frigid mountain. Throwing myself out of a plane at 10,000 feet on the other hand is way cool!

  12. Chantal says:

    “Those of us on the ground are left gasping in awe and joy at their magnificence.”

    Yes we are.

  13. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Well said. I love that your mother danced–and that you are helping your kids to soar.

  14. Voyager says:

    Wonderful post Jocelyn. And don’t give up on the snowboarding dream. My husband took it up at 44, and once even got greeted by “hey dude” in a lift line.

  15. That Chick Over There says:

    You=Good mom.

    The end.

  16. chelle says:

    Knitting rocks … they are doing awesome with the finger knitting!

    I love that we all get a second chance and live through our kids 😛

  17. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    “Those of us on the ground are left gasping in awe and joy at their magnificence. Ultimately, it is a singular pleasure to be a part of the audience.”

    So many incredible lines in your piece, I couldn’t figure out which one to highlight. Frankly, the Alexis Carrington line still has me giggling.

    Yes, it take more than one time to enjoy downhill skiing. If I hadn’t been signed up for four lessons, and my mother reminding me how much a sacrifice it has been to pre-pay for them, I might never have made it past the warming hut the second time.

    Most lovely post.

  18. Maddy says:

    I certainly think you’re right that there is many a parent who dipped out or shone at something in particular that they either foist on their own children or protect them from. Human nature I suppose. I always enjoyed reading and a wide variety of crafts = not a chance around here.

    However, I also think that these days there is so much more choice along with the theory of exposing our children to as much as possible in the vague hope of hitting the lode stone, and it’s cheaper, and there’s more choice….anyway, I begin to ramble.

  19. cathy says:

    I am limitlessly blessed in this area. As a member of the PTA in a greek school I get to help decide what extracurricular activities are offered to the kids…

    I love drawing so we have an art class and 17 kids fulfilling that dream. I never did get the hang of judo but never mind we have 18 kids learning Tae Kwan Doh though I’m not even sure how to spell it.
    I was never very good at sports hence the basketball team and of course not having starred in Saturday Night Fever I had to recommend dance classes. And last but not least, because I would love to be a computer whizz, we have lessons for PC too.
    Yes I know no music but I’ve got that covered, my eldest is learning guitar and piano. I wonder when they will accept my youngest for helicopter flying lessons?

    Your right on the button as usual Jocelyn. LOL.

  20. Dory says:

    I’ve never heard of fingerknitting before. I’m gonna go check that out for the kiddos!

  21. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    Gosh that darn skiing. I grew up in Houston. There is no snow. Or mountains. I know how to swim like a fish.

    Every winter here, we have one week off of school. Every winter, that one week constitutes “Ski week”. We sit at home and do nothing.

    I wish I could ski too. If only to have something to do on ski week.

  22. ArtSparker says:

    Lovely confession, and your kids are beautiful.

  23. Karen MEG says:

    Your kids have got talent, and your girlie is quite, quite brave!

    You’re so right, as far as parenting, although I wonder for myself whether I’m in the slacker department. Not that I always resented being “overprogrammed” before it was in vogue, but all I remember about my childhood were the multitude of lessons after school and on weekends, and very little free play. I think I turned out all right, but I fear that I don’t push my kids hard enough, or am a little lenient and let them give things up a bit soon when they find them a bit challenging, all in the name of letting them have a more carefree childhood.

    Okay, psych 101 lesson over.

    Excellent post as usual Jocelyn.

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