What are the odds that she will make it down that huge hill on the longboard?

9 Mar

Our daughter loves to skateboard and has recently taken an interest in the Gold Coast longboard.  It’s a skateboard on steroids, longer, wider, beefier stance.  Strange looking contraption of fun.  I was so proud that she used her birthday money to purchase the expensive item but regretfully now she wants to use it.  Helicopter Mom alert!!

On one particular afternoon, Beloved catches me in a weak moment and I reluctantly agree to let her go with friends to the local hilly spot to ride.  I do try to allow some freedoms and am finding it harder to come up with viable excuses to say no.  I counsel her on random safety tips on the drive over, do a visual check of the friends she’ll be with to make sure I know them, and finally drop her off at the somewhat abandoned, very hilly street.  I have a gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach as I drive away…nothing to do with the longboard, more so with the thought that she’ll be hit by a car.

Boy helping girl on longbaord

How wrong I was.  My beautiful child takes great care while on the hill and manages to topple over at the bottom, catching her ankle under the board.  Foot swells and friends carry her to safety.  This would be a touching story if the kid had immediately called her parents to let them know what happened, but no, she waits three hours to be picked up by Just Plane Dad and then explains what happens.

Admittedly, she was afraid that the incident would limit any future potential for hanging out with the “crew” and skating, if she told me.  She’s right, good call.  Just Plane Dad and me debate the ever swelling ankle for about twenty minutes and decide to visit our local urgent care center.  Within the hour, Beloved is x-rayed, bandaged, booted, crutched up and sent on her way.

Clinical Diagnosis: sprained foot and ankle.

Family Diagnosis: what was I thinking when she bought the longboard?

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

6 Responses to “What are the odds that she will make it down that huge hill on the longboard?”

  1. Michelle Marine March 23, 2016 at 7:24 AM #

    Parenting is hard! But she has to be allowed to make her own choices sometimes, so good for you for letting her go. I hope her ankle recovers quickly and that this accident doesn’t prevent her from being able to try again. 🙂

  2. L. E. Mastilock March 21, 2016 at 1:56 AM #

    Good for you for giving her the chance to go! If it was me, I was just as likely to sprain my ankles tripping in my own house right in front of my mom as I was on a board in the street. Though, I wouldn’t get on the board, too clumsy to risk it! She’s a brave soul!

  3. Crystal March 15, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    I’m glad it wasn’t a board-limiting injury. I’m not looking forward to days like this…my youngest is just learning to ride a bike – next step will be having the kids ride down our hilly street…already last year my son ran into a bush – and the bush won. Good luck conquering the longboard.

  4. Scarlet March 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM #

    You were right to give her freedom. It is too bad it didn’t work out though! I hope it heals quickly!

  5. Anne Campbell March 12, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    Haha! I didn’t expect things to turn out like that when I started reading your post. As the mom to boys who like to do risky things, I can relate. It’s so hard to let them loose. I want to wrap them in pillows and duck tape!

  6. Derek July 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM #

    Haha i like your diagnosis at the end 😀

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