Skiing. Esquí. 滑雪.

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The Evil Spawn likes a lot of things.

Sleep.  Books.  Video games.  Basketball.  Chocolate.  Not doing chores in a prompt and timely fashion.

And she likes to ski (as you can see from the video).

If you have been paying attention you know she’s nine years old (going on 35). 

She’s been skiing since she was five (we question our parental judgment for allowing her to slide down the side of a mountain at 107 miles an hour before she completed kindergarten).

Since she started skiing so young, it came quite easily to her.

I didn’t start trying to injure myself on the slopes until I was 37 (which sounds old… but seems quite youthful to me 6 years later).

Even though I’m stronger and more athletic (my opinion, not hers), she’s a better skier.

And even worse, you can watch her and tell she has a lot of room to improve.

In the next few years, she will only get better.

I, on the other hand, will only get older.

My skiing skills have probably peaked (get it, peaked… mountains… never mind).

How is this possible?

How can someone younger and weaker be so much better?

I was thinking about this as I laid in the snow after smacking my face on the side of the half pipe.

Young people catch on to new skills quicker than old people (see:  technology).


At least it seemed like genius, as I tried to pick up my pride after my latest crash.

Once my head cleared (days later), this got me thinking about how we teach foreign language in school (don’t try to figure out how my mind jumps from one thing to the next).

Why don’t we teach 1st graders a second language while they are young?

And eager.

And unafraid.

Why do we wait until they are older and their reflexes aren’t as sharp?

Sorry, I don’t know if I’m talking about learning a second language or skiing.

I may still be in a fog.

Sadly, I used her Flip Cam to make the video.  She had to show me how to turn it on (and this was pre-head injury).

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8 Responses to “Skiing. Esquí. 滑雪.”

  1. Tim
    on Dec 29th, 2010
    @ 10:19 pm Technology meets safety for old farts (used with the greatest of respect) who really should use their hands when skiing…

  2. Allanah King
    on Dec 30th, 2010
    @ 2:29 am

    I know the feeling. I am a total non-skier and I took my class of nine year olds on a day ski trip. Some went from being non-skiers to the intermediate slopes in one morning. I sat in the cafe and had hot chips and coffee and watched them learn.
    I think yhe trick is having a low centre of gravity and an inability to see what might happen if you fall badly.

  3. Pat
    on Dec 30th, 2010
    @ 4:48 am

    I have never gone skiing so this was just like being there! I loved it! But I think I will stick to this kind of faux-skiing! I can’t believe you were filming this while skiing and held the camera so steady!!! At one point, please tell me that you were not skiing backwards to film the people behind you. That made me kind of nervous and I wanted to turn “us” around. LOL Thanks for sharing!

  4. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Dec 30th, 2010
    @ 8:14 am

    What will your amazing child tackle next? Great video!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Michelle Howell-Martin, Don’t let her wide-eyed smile fool you… she’s a menace. :)

  5. Sheryl Lawless
    on Dec 31st, 2010
    @ 12:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing your skiing video with us…it was great! Way to go, Smith family!!!

  6. Angie
    on Jan 4th, 2011
    @ 2:44 pm

    We’re lucky enough to have a dual language program elementary in my district. My son started this year in first grade – 80% Spanish and 20% English. He loves it, and he will be fluent by the time he reaches 5th grade. Luckily, he will also get high school foreign language credit by exam. If one school can do it, any school can.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Angie, Now that’s a great comment.

    This is they type of school The Evil Spawn would LOVE.

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