Sunday, October 23, 2005

Ice princess

Television is not a big part of Nutmeg's life, and we intend to keep it that way. However, she saw something on the tube this morning that had a delightful effect on her.
Epu was looking for the Packer game, and he was so disgusted to find that ABC was showing an ice skating tournament on a Sunday morning that he stalked off, leaving the skating on. I of course got immediately engrossed in it, and when Nutmeg wandered in, I told her, "Look -- lady jumping!" She looked, and a big grin spread across her face. On the next jump, Nutmeg laughed. I pointed out the spins too. When the audience applauded at the end, Nutmeg clapped her heart out. Then she ran around the living room, her hands up in the air, and said, "Nutmeg skating." She spun. "Nutmeg spin." And then she said, "Nutmeg jump ice skating." Since she can't really jump yet, she purposely fell on her butt.
Then she gave herself a big round of applause, grinning ear to ear.
I put her in the stroller and took her down to the skate rink at Yerba Buena gardens, hoping to show her some real-life budding Olympians practicing their spins. Alas, there was a hockey game going on, but she thought that was pretty interesting too.
So when does she hit the ice? I remember hearing about some kids who start skating at 2.
At the park, she went down the slide all by herself.
Also today, she stopped saying "Yessss." She started saying "Yeah" instead. My dad thinks this is because her trip to the Midwest, with their "Ya's," finally sunk in.


Kori said...

Well, I didn't start taking official figure skating lessons until the sixth grade, but I remember skating with my dad at a very young age. It probably started the winter after my brother was born---skate time was strictly daughter/daddy time---so I may have been 3 years old? That's a guess.

I do remember, though, that there were some really little peanuts in one of the pre-alpha (beginner level) skating courses---mostly little hocky wannabes. I'm sure the nut would be a big hit! Learning how to skate fast is like learning how to fly.

Notta Wallflower said...

I'm not sure about skating. When I started taking Kyle, he was young and that song was out "Tubthumping". They were playing that song and he kept falling and now every time I hear that song (because of the "I get knocked down, but I get up again...) I think of that night of ice skating.

Bert said...

oh my god. she's her mother's daughter. she'll be right up in front with you, getting ice spray from Michelle Kwan in no time!