I thought if I was going to bring you all into the warped inner workings of my mind and my crazy fears, I should at least keep you posted on what's happened since.
A few weeks before Christmas we headed up to Mount Seymour for the first time to get fitted for our skis and boots. Mike wanted to take the girls out on a few runs too. It was a perfect day - brilliant blue sky and not a breath of wind. I maintained that I was just going to get fitted and then watch. After all, I wanted to have my first real lesson from a professional before I ventured onto the slopes.
Mike convinced me to at least go out onto the snow and see how the skis felt, so I did. He then convinced me to head out toward the bunny hill with them (on my skis), so I did that too. There was a wee hill that led to the start of the bunny hill so with Mike's
Yesterday morning we were off to Seymour again. The weather was not so perfect this time around. The rain was pouring as we left our house but turned into beautiful flakes of sticky snow as we made our way up towards the peak of the mountain.
In my head my plan was to repeat the same process as the first time. But after one run down that little hill, I was feeling like I could take on more. I alerted the troops that I was ready to make my debut. On the bunny hill. That's right - the bunny hill.
I made it down the first time unscathed. And a wee bit proud of myself. My adoring fans were waiting for me at the bottom cheering wildly. OK, maybe not cheering wildly. But there were a few "good jobs" to be heard from the girls and Mike at the bottom.
Next came the Magic Carpet ride up the hill. As with all things I've never done before, I was cautious, wary, and nervous. I told the handsome young Australian gentlemen working the carpet (why are there so many Australians that work on ski hills anyway?) that it was my first time and asked him if he could put his hand on my back as I got on to make me feel more secure. Yes, sometimes, my children have good reason to want to avoid being associated with me in public places. I made it up the hill and was ready to go again.
And what follows, dear readers, is my second run on the bunny hill at Mount Seymour.
Funny thing is, when I watched the video last night I laughed out loud. I looked awkward and rigid and kind of, well, slow. But that didn't take away from the fact that in my head I thought I was a superstar. And I did it. Many times. And I'll do it again. And again and again and again until I can move from the bunny hill to something a little bigger. It might take me until the end of the ski season, but I'm OK with that.
That's how I slide.