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Will You Go Out With Me? A Private Lesson at Talent Skatepark 

Published October 30, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.

click to enlarge So present was I on this date that I forgot to snap a pic of the two of us. Here is a staged recreation, which includes only me. I’ll get better at blogging, I promise!
  • So present was I on this date that I forgot to snap a pic of the two of us. Here is a staged recreation, which includes only me. I’ll get better at blogging, I promise!
Who doesn’t love a hot date on four wheels?

As I mentioned last week in my introduction to this series, my husband, Ryan, and I recently spent an afternoon at the skatepark. Any images you might have of two kind-of-old-but-still-rad skate punks tearing shit up with abandon should immediately be stricken from your imagination. We had no idea what we were doing. But we had so much fun doing it.

Here are some reasons why a skate lesson is a great date:

1) Skateboarding is new to both of us. This puts us squarely within the Venn Diagram of vulnerability and potential personal growth. One of the most important things to me in a relationship is that the person I volunteered to spend my life with continues to grow and evolve as a human being, and that he encourages me to do the same. This applies on micro and macro levels, skateboarding obviously being an example of the former.

2) My husband and I were both psyched to try skateboarding. Though mutual interest in the date topic is not a requirement, it sure does make things go a lot smoother. Also, there’s research to back me up on this front.

3) A skate lesson is one hour long. Counting the time it took to drive to the skatepark, get our pads and helmets on and off, and drive home, we were out of the house for two hours. This makes a skate date the perfect option for squeezing something in when your husband is working on deadline. No excuses, my friends. No excuses.

Soooo… how was it? Well, first of all, you know things can’t go horribly wrong if you’re wearing pads and a helmet. And I mean that for life in general, not just the skatepark. We both looked kind of ridiculous — but in an adorable way. Looking ridiculous means feeling vulnerable and when you’ve been together for 13 years, that's refreshing. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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