6 hours ago
Monday, February 10, 2014
Family game night, Olympic style
Like most families, there are certain activities we love to do together. I take none of them for granted because for a long time, Max didn't have the attention span or interest in participating. Now
we have Wii night, movie night and dance party night (here's a vintage 2009 version).
Max doesn't do board games, even the Lightning McQueen version of Trouble—he's just not interested. So Dave and I play with Sabrina (Pengoloo is a fave). It's always bummed me out that we don't do this as a family, like I did as a kid. One of the pleasures of parenthood is enjoying stuff with your kids that you have fond memories of from childhood.
Growing up, our family watched the Olympics together. Saturday night, I got to relive that. I turned on the short ice-dancing program. Both kids were mesmerized; Max kept signaling "more" (he can say the word, but he gets lazy). Sabrina said "Whoa!" a lot and tried to replicate the moves. The kids' picked their favorite performance (Meryl Davis and Charlie White). Then slopeside snowboarding came on and Max squealed, he was so excited.
We talked about Sochi and Russia. We spoke about the different countries the snowboarders came from, and what it means to win gold, silver or medal. We discussed how much practice it takes to do what the snowboarders did. We laughed that Sage Kotsenburg was chewing gum during a run, and perplexed the kids when we called him Spicoli. We wondered what was up with the guy knitting at the start gate (it was Finland's coach, and his team decided he should to it because it was funny).
Max squealed when it was Max Parrot's turn; he's always so psyched to know of anyone named Max, or to see it on packages (DuraMax light bulbs!), our laundry machine detergent dispenser ("max load") and pools.
"Max, would you want to snowboard?" I asked.
"No! Scary!" he said. I had to agree. Watching someone do a Backside Double Cork 1620 Japan knocks the breath right out of you.
Both kids stayed up late, so we could see Sage Kotsenburg score gold. We sat on the couch, Max on my lap and Sabrina on Dave's, and cheered.