You know when you show up somewhere and your friends weren’t really expecting you? You are greeted with smiles and high fives? Well, happened to me last night.
After a grueling day of work, I drove about two hours to go to the skatepark. My son had an after school trip with a bunch of students and one of the teachers who is an old skateboarder. The kids’ session was from about 4-8. I showed up about six o’clock and snuck up behind my boy. He gave me the biggest smile and more of a “bro” greeting than a “dad” hello. He was stoked I showed up to ride with him.
We hit up a bunch of different obstacles, I met his friends, got asked a few times if I was a Pro (which I answered with “No, I’m just old”) and got to see him among his peers. I love watching him with his friends no matter what they are doing. Their interaction brings me back to my own adolescence. Now I was the one who was smiling. I gave him his space to do his thing while I did mine. We rode separately for a while and then back together to do a new line. What a blast it was. I highly recommend riding with your kids if you have them.
Lew once wrote about never taking a riding buddy for granted. Last night, I didn’t.