Monday, September 27, 2010

Mama went to the skatepark.

Yesterday Griffin and I headed over to the local Skatepark
because Tony Hawk and his crew were in town.
It was a total trip for me because
I was a bit of a skate Betty in high school and
I would have been in heaven when I was 15 years old.
There were dreamy skaters all over the place.
I mean, half of them I could have spanked
and they might have thought that I was disciplining them,
but that's beside the point.

We arrived early and joined the crowd
to watch all the local kids put on a show of their own.
There were a whole lot of hipsters
standing around or dropping into the ramp.
I had an accidental cathartic moment as I watched them.
I remembered that I had spent a good chunk of my adolescence
surrounded by hot skaters and trying my hardest to be irresistibly awesome.

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I suddenly felt like I was kind of cool
because somehow in adulthood,
I've quit caring about if I am cool or not
and then being a chubby mom at a skatepark
who didn't care if she was cool
made me feel infinitely cooler.

Anyway, most of those small hipsters fell on their asses but
there were a few who pulled some decent tricks.
Griffin was cheering and jumping all over the place.
I could totally tell that he wished he was a rad skater.
It warmed my heart a bit.

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We found a spot on the bleachers next to the cutest couple
of teenagers who were so hot for each other that
they both squirmed in their pants.
If you look closely you will see that
they are both resting their feet on his board.
They sat with their arms around each other
and smacked passionately on bubble gum.

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Seeing this took me back to various skaters I dated in high school.
They melted my butter, if you know what I mean.
It was fun to reminisce about making out with sweaty boys at the skatepark.
Ah...those were the days.

I digress, Tony Hawk came out and everybody screamed, including me.
I was so star struck as he did his Fakies and his Ollies
and Grinded his way around the ramps.
I was four feet away from him at times,
It was awesome.

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Griffin found a little friend in the crowd
and they kept yelling stuff like
"Don't Fall on your buttocks and bash your brains out, Tony!"
(Griffin isn't allowed to say butt so he now says buttocks all the time, it's maddening).
They also spent a good deal of time making
fart noises with their hands.

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Then it started to rain super hard.
I pulled out my umbrella and was ready to rock.
When I looked up, everyone was running to find shelter.
I was all like, what's the problem?

Tony Hawk was a sport and gave a high five to every kid
that rushed to the fence with an outstretched hand.
Then ran like hell into a waiting trailer
and was never seen again.

That part was not so awesome.

The end.


DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Great pictures!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Tony Hawk is scared of the rain? Who knew? Ha! I think he was on Yo Gabba Gabba recently and taught the kids a "dance". It was a cute episode.

Seriously, Leigh--you made me laugh so hard this morning. I love your recounting of this "rad" event. Oh and I am looking very forward (I think) to Oliver making lots and lots of farting noises with his hands followed by the usage of the word buttocks.
Griffin is such a cool little dude.
Loved this post!

singedwingangel said...

Ok so I am so not the rad mom. I can't watch them do all the tricks without thinking of all the things they could do.. Oh yeah I am THAT mom, and I blame MY mom cause she did the same thing.. and still does..

That One Mom said...

He was tweeting about that this weekend. I think e is so crazy cool...

I think it's so cool that you got to take Griffin to see that!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Very cool to see Tony Hawk. I am so jealous.

R Montalban said...

Dexter would have loved to have seen that.

The Only Girl said...

That does sound SUPER COOL! My boys would have LOVED to see Tony too (and frankly, so would I!)

Cathy said...

I love this! I was a skate Betty in high school too. How cool that Tony Hawk was right there!

You are very cool. The end.

jfickes said...

Loved this post. Since I married my skater (and he still skates), we've gotten to meet Tony a few times. He is always really good to the kiddos. I hate that it rained on you guys!!!

Sue said...

Tony Hawk was the hero of my eldest son. And he would still be excited to see him, I bet! (He still has his original Tony Hawk skateboard...)


PS. If you had lived in California, my son could have been one of those sweaty skaters you made out with...


Kelly Lund and Kids said...

How cool is that!!? Oh wow! My kids are going to love this post! You are too funny... I remember back in the day when I had crushes on Skaters.. Then I went for some gangsta!? Should have stuck with the cowboy ;) awwh the good old days! These days, I am crushin on my mailman ;) ha ha Happy Monday!


my ex was a skate rat and his fav was tony staab and he got his hair cut like that. he thought tony was too 'mainstream' and he also use to quiz me to see if i knew the diff bt the various skate tricks. no wonder i divorced him.

Anonymous said...

My kids would have LOVED to have been there. Love your recap of the event.

Erin said...

Love your photos as usual, and I think it's pricelss that Griffin says "buttocks." Would pay money to hear that. I think a vlog is in order. LOL!

Homesteadgirl said...

This post was, like, totally rad. You captured what it is to be a teenaged girl, trying to be cool for dumb, sweaty teenaged boys, and what it means to be a slightly-rounded mom who still feels 15 in her head, and can appreciate (though not in a creepy way!) the appeal of teen crushes...I know I'm not cool 'cause I just used the word "crush" kids are 5 and under, and I know I'm doomed to be UNCOOL...

Dana at StrawberryTart! said...

Wow...I would have loved to have been there when I was younger. I really hope I am blessed with a little boy. Shelby had a skate board...feel once and it was over.