non-digital cross-country skiing

lizsnowsuit“Mom, how old was I exactly?”

She was asking how old she was when we first put her on cross-country skis and the answer is approximately three-and-a-quarter years old.

You might think that I could find maybe even one freakin’ picture of one or the other of the beach urchins on their first pair of skis. Not. We did own cameras back then. But you had to fuss around getting the film processed, negatives and all that stuff. You were stuck keeping (and paying for) pictures that didn’t turn out, you know, like when you accidentally take a picture of the inside of your pocket or whatever. Even if we’d had a camera with us, we were probably distracted by the guzzinto involved in putting a three-and-a-quarter-year-old on skis and an eight-month-old into a backpack.

But that little purple snowsuit is the approximate ski outfit that the little urchin wore. My main memory of that first ski outing is that due to some complicated arrangement of shifting the mouse backpack from one parent to the other, there was a period of about 30 seconds when the three-year-old was between parents and neither of us were quite in sight. I was skiing toward her, when I heard her cheerfully answer an unheard question from a well-meaning adult with, “No, I’m with my mommy and my daddy.” And she was, and about a split-second later, I came around the corner and into view. (And helicopter parents? This was *much* less dangerous than it sounds but you probably would have to be there to appreciate that.)

One Response to “non-digital cross-country skiing”

  1. grandmothertrucker Says:

    I remember skiing with you and the GG. I have photos. Mouse refused to be photographed, so we had to sneak those in. I had a backpack for carting urchins in, and we let you and GG use it. We smeared vaseline all over Mouse and Lizards faces, (lip balm), so the wind would not chap thier little tender skin. They loved it. When they got a little bigger the next year, Mouse still wouldn’t let us photograph her. SHE WAS SHY! I am at home right now, digging through “debri”, and if I find them, or when I find those photos, I will be sure to let you know. I miss those days. I still have my skiis that have not been used in years. ( about 10 years, they may be obsolete) I gave 4 pairs that I had purchased for my kids to Jim Courtois. He kids had just fit into them. I think he traded up. It would be nice if we all kept the extra skiis at the cottage. Maybe I will give mine to Liz Carter, they should fit her… or anybody around a 7 or 8, I think……

    BTW, I am just getting over that flu……. yuk. So, I am tearing the house apart today.