It’s Saturday at dawn and I can already tell by the sun peeking through the blinds that it’s going to be another scorcher of a day. We’ve had an entire week of relentless temperatures hovering around 100+. My husband is up and getting ready. I just want to pull the covers over my head. I ask where he’s off to and he responds, “I’m going to build a skate ramp – half pipe for Matthew’s birthday.” Oh, ok. We’re a DIY family, and this will be a nice daddy/son project.
My oldest daughter and I went out for a girls’ day of shopping and staying cool in the air conditioning. When we returned I was excited to see the what they had built. So I’m thinking smallish skate ramp in the driveway …. wow, was I wrong.
To say panic set in would be an understatement. I could feel my blood pressure rise. Maybe it was the 100 degree air that felt like was breathing in a steam room, but I couldn’t breath well. Oh gee. This skate ramp is 20 feet long! Luckily we have a very large yard with a side yard that is essentially wasted space, but when I landscaped my yard I wasn’t exactly envisioning a massive skate park. I love lush green grass and gardens that look like the pages of Better Homes & Gardens.
More important than a lovely yard is my love for that little guy standing there, my Ryobi drill I won at Haven in hand and barefoot. Ahhhh, a barefoot DIY-er, he’s his mama’s boy for sure. Sometimes I have to give up my own wants and desires and focus on creating dreams, experiences, and memories for my kids. Time to give up control Kim. I can do this, I can.
Ok, half pipe it is. Hubs is becoming quite the handy man and is very particular about building things the right way. It drives me batty sometimes, he’s such a perfectionist! In this case, because I know kids will be all over it, I’m glad he’ll be building it sturdy and sound.
My son learned some carpentry 101 and spent valuable time with his dad. He even had two of his friends over to help in the construction. It was nice to see the boys focused on something constructive!
That is quite the half pipe isn’t it? It will have platforms at each end with rails even. And for those of you concerned about liability… trust me I’m getting my parental waivers ready and the umbrella policy is up to date!!
My backyard will soon be a skate park and we’re about to get really popular with all the little skate-rats in my hood . I’m trying to warm to the concept and I’ve claimed at least the other half of the yard as “Mama’s Zone”! I’ll post a pic on my Facebook page when it’s finished.
Do you ever have trouble giving up control like me?