Nothing made this more obvious than one night last week. Our wonderful neighbors have a daughter that is a beautiful figure skater. They were nice enough to invite the kids to an open house at the skating rink. Thinking that this would be just about the coolest thing, (no pun intended) but how neat would it be to go ice skating in August?!
I will say, it was a little strange to bundle all four kids up with hats, gloves, long johns and blue jeans as we headed out into the North Carolina summer heat, but once we got to the cold rink, it was well worth it.
That's where their personalities, sure enough, kicked in. Our oldest son immediately said, "Uhhh, do I have to do this? I don't think that I really want to go out there," as our second son had the biggest smile on his face and couldn't wait to hit the ice.
Our third son, Preston was trying to figure out what was going on while we wondered if our three year old daughter, Lauren would even be able to walk around in a pair of ice skates.
All four kids were laced up and ready to go so we walked them to the rink. The two middle boys were giddy while our oldest son, Christian continued to say, "Ummm, really. I don't think that I want to go out there."
The three younger ones went out and were up and down from the start which didn't seem to phase our second son, Ethan, while Preston and Lauren didn't quite know what to do. Lauren finally decided that she had fallen enough and wanted to come back out while our oldest son, Christian still hadn't even gotten ON the ice yet.
Eventually, he did decide to give it a try, but he stuck to the side of the wall like glue for almost the entire time. I'm sure it was frustrating for him as Ethan and Preston were tearing it up out on the rink.
It was something to see how each of the kids had their own thing going and reacted in their individual ways to the new experience.
I hope that we'll get to go ice skating again some other time. It would be nice to see them go out and have fun while learning something new. We'll have to keep their personalities in mind though and remember that while it's fun for some, it's not fun for all.
I don't think that Christian would agree more.