Most sophisticated folks, I think, get their kids a cello for their birthday, or savings bonds. Or they take them to the opera, or pick them up from the boarding school for lunch at the "club."
Gentry and I went skateboarding.
He got a skateboard for his birthday. He's enthralled with the thing. I thought it would be nice to spend some time with him for his birthday, so I went out a week ago and bought myself a skateboard, and we went over to the local skate park.
I am not suited for skating-it didn't take long to figure that out. I'm too tall, too clumsy, and WAY too cautious to really be a decent skater. Gentry, on the other hand, will probably be pretty good. Which may, or may not, be a good thing, seeing as how skating is definitely not sophisticated.
But, then, the day was to celebrate him. And he loves the skateboard. On the other hand, he most certainly does not love the cello (although he does have a drum set that he loves to beat to death). Neither does he care for savings bonds (but never fear, shegazelle: he has a savings account which we regularly add to). And I don't think he'll EVER go to a boarding school (I can't imagine the thought of living away from him or his sister for more than a day). Nor will I EVER belong to any type of club-I just don't fit in.
So, Gentry and I are now skaters (well, he's a skater; I mostly sit and roll the skateboard back and forth with my feet. It's harder to injure yourself that way). I thought it might make me cool, but I'm second-guessing that. We went back on Saturday, and there was a whole group of real skaters there, doing some pretty amazing things, looking like they were born with wheels attached to their feet.
Gentry and I both sat for a time and watched, slack jawed. He looked at me after a time and said, "Daddy. When you get biggow like them, then maybe you can wide youw skateboawd like that, huh?"
"Son, I hate to tell you this, but those guys are half my age. I don't think I'll ever ride a skateboard as well as they do."
"Yes you will daddy. 'Cuz youw the best!"
On second thought, maybe I am cool!