only if someone’s watching

So I’m outside watching the First, age practically 12, do his skateboard thang on the street in front of our house. He is not wearing his helmet. (Remind me to post a list of excuses that my boys have given me about why they are not wearing, and can not wear, a helmet.) He lines up to ollie over three stacked 2×4’s, then up on the flybox, exiting with a 180.

Which he completes nicely, except for the 180 that he slews out of, scraping out on his back and left elbow.

I perish inside, but hide it nicely.

“Don’t worry, Mom,” he assures me from his supine position, “I’m okay. It happens all the time.”

I look at his friend, who is skating down to line up for the same run. His friend is carrying his helmet under one arm, as he is most of the time when I see him skating. I call to him with irony he is of course unaware of, “I see you are carrying your helmet.”

“Yes, Ma’am,” he replies politely, “I only wear it if someone’s watching.”

Then he turns completely calmly to the First, and says, “Dude, you should carry one of these.”

The First (R) and his helmet-carrying friend


One Response to only if someone’s watching

  1. Anonymous September 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    HAHAHAHAHA!! Mom, you are so modest… Taylor didn’t even think of you as one of the people who he should wear a helmet around…

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