Tomorrow the Kid goes back to school. I love this time of year. No, not because I'm sending the Kid back to school. I just love the beginning of the school year, when school supplies are shiny and new and it seems like anything is possible. What? I'm a big nerd, you should know this by now.
Not only is it back-to-school, but it's also back-to-hockey and back-to-figure-skating. Here's a snapshot of what lies ahead.
Squirt Hockey: The Kid has two new (fiberglass!) sticks. I taped them up the other night and when I asked him if they were okay, he sighed happily, "They're perfect." He also has two fancy new jerseys and a new hockey bag that is to-die-for. He can't wait to get the season started, as he's stated about 3,000 times in the past 24 hours. This will be our first experience with travel hockey, so I'm sure we'll make every mistake humanly possible. I'll share our embarrassing stories here. We screw up so you don't have to.
Figure Skating: Two more dance tests to take - Dutch Waltz and Canasta Tango. And I'm going to conquer turns if it kills me. (Which it might.) I want to start working on dance patterns that have turns in them. (Shhhhh...I haven't told Dmytri yet.) I find my best 3-turn and mohawk attempts have been when I've paired them with something else. (Dmytri's idea.) That way, I'm worrying less about doing the turn and more about getting set up for the next move. The leg is still a real problem, but I'm working on it, and I'm committing to three hours of skating practice a week. No excuses.
The Caps: A comparative glance at the Kid's hockey schedule and the Caps' schedule suggests we'll be missing a lot of Caps games. Instead of watching from my comfy seats in section 115, I'll be watching on the TVs at the Rockville Ice Arena. We'll catch as many games as we possibly can. That said, if you're interested in tickets...
Competitive Figure Skating: Every year I say I'm going to truly follow competitive figure skating. It doesn't take long before I get frustrated (usually Patrick Chan-induced) and I give up. I have a strong sense of fairness and figure skating is inherently unfair. That said, I really, really enjoy watching pairs and dance. And I'd like to be more aware of what some of the skaters with the Washington Figure Skating Club are doing. I'm going to try again, keep me honest, folks.
The Kid's clothes are laid out and his backpack is packed for the first day of school. My skate clothes are laid out and my bag is packed for the first day back on the ice. Right now, everything seems possible.