If You Buy a Boy a Skateboard…

If you buy a boy a skateboard at a neighborhood garage sale,

he’s going to need new skater shoes.

When you buy him the shoes, he will remember that his favorite color is green and will ask for new laces.

And then he’ll remember that you live a block away from a skate park, and he will ask to go there for weeks on end.

When you finally take him to the skate park, he will grow up before your very eyes.

He will have so much fun that he will remember that there is an indoor skate park in the “mall” on the other side of town.

He will beg and beg until finally you take him to that park too.

While he is there, he will get noticeably more confident, even if it’s only been an hour.  You’ll even consider enrolling him in the upcoming skate camp classes, and you’ll eye the neon green wheels in the case.

He will feel so good about his mad skillz that he will announce that he is now a “skater”,  and will ask for a sticker to begin a collection for his deck.

Because when you buy a boy a skateboard, it doesn’t matter that mom and dad don’t know the first thing about it, or that he’s a measly five years old, skating makes him sweaty, stinky, and above all, very very happy.


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  1. 1

    Awe. I love this and the books!

  2. 2

    I have been following you for awhile and I always mean to comment, but I’m apparently lazy… but I love this post so much I can’t even be lazy anymore. Little boys are so awesome! He is so cute onyhat skateboard!

  3. 3

    He takes after his Uncle Duncan!

  4. 4

    my little brother was sponsored at 7 years old! he was very, very good and received free skateboards and shoes for many years.
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  5. 5

    Oh my word I love it! He looks like a natural!
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  6. 6

    WOW! He is growing up too fast. Note to self, do not buy skate board for son until he is 20.

  7. 7

    Looks like he had a blast! You are so brave…I would have had my son in knee and elbow pads AND then wrapped in bubble wrap!

  8. 8

    This makes me so happy. Maybe because I have 2 girls and can live vicariously through your parenting adventures. The last picture says it all, well done mama, well done.
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  9. 9

    Love this post! And he is adorable!
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  10. 10

    Awww.. Reminds me of that book ‘If You Give a Pig a Pancake’.. LOL.
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  11. 11

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