my husband and i are currently bopping our way through colorado on a free trip my husband won with his republican luck (how come they always manage to win? not that i'm complaining, as i am very much enjoying our ski-in ski-out condo)
yesterday he needed to have working lunch and so we met with the sales people at one of the nicest hotels in aspen, CO. As we talked about our plan to go cross country skiing the following day one of the sales women mentioned that her son goes cross country skiing with his school every month. 'that's nice' was my first thought, until she went on to say that her son is in kindergarten.
i cannot imagine taking an entire class of five year olds cross country skiing! they are barely able to run on the playground without running into each other and still haven't learned to make the right side of their body communicate with the left on a consistent basis. cross country skiing?? with those long skis? can you imagine?
ever since i heard this i've been trying to picture taking my lunch club skiing. needless to say i start laughing in public whenever this thought crosses my mind. it would be an adventure, that's for sure.
so maybe kids in colorado are just born ready to ski, or maybe their teachers are just braver. i can't say i'd volunteer to take 18 five year olds out into the cold with long slats strapped to their little feet. that's 36 pairs of skiis, 36 poles, 36 boots, 36 gloves or mittens. 18 hats, 18 zippers, 18 runny noses. 18 x 18 chances of children running into one another with poles.