|Zak with his board at Ipanema Beach|
After a few friends and family members pushed me to send Zak's video to the Little Legends section of the Today show on Channel 9, I finally put together and sent a 60 second video that got put on air a couple of weeks later. I'm still waiting to get a copy of the program on DVD to share with you on this blog. (Can you believe Channel 9 not only omitted to tell me the day they would broadcast Zak's video but is also requesting $60 payment to have a copy of it on DVD?) I'm a sucker so I'm paying for it but I'm still fuming! I can't believe he was on tv and we didn't get to see it or ask anyone to record it for us. Anyway it will be nice to have it for him when he is older.
Here is a copy of what I sent, short and sweet:
Also we went to Brazil for a 3-week holiday to see my family and friends and get Zak acquainted with the country where everyone speaks the weird language he's been learning since birth. I had no idea, having not been there in 5 years what a perfect spot Rio is for anyone who enjoys cruising the city on a longboard. There are longboards e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, everyone and their dog owns one and they are hugely long and have massive thick wheels to allow for the crappy sidewalk conditions and holes everywhere. There are even stands by the beach that can rent skateboards by the hour. Heaven!
|Zak at Lagoa's skatepark, or next to, the skatepark was too |
full that afternoon, so we moved to the tennis court instead
|Checking out the humongous bowl at Arpoador, Rio|
|At the Lagoa skatepark bowl|
|Zak in Florianopolis (Estreito) skatepark|
Now for the downs...
In October, after demanding to go to the Riverwood skatepark day after day to see his big boy friends and skate with them, Zak developed a real aversion at the thought of even going near that skatepark. And there is absolutely no explanation to it. I've been with him every single time to that skatepark and the big boys have always been adorable and helpful and supportive. But nowadays, just at the mention of going to Riverwood, he goes mental, 3 year old style! Who knows what's going through his little head...
|Zak in the big bowl at Bondi before our trip to Brazil|
As I write today, we've had another example of taking Zak to the skatepark and he is so tired that he won't even consider going down the ramp or going on his board, and just throws himself on the floor and cries for no other reason than being a 3 year old who is extra tired at the end of the long day at pre-school. It's understandable, but then again he's the one that asks to go skating after I pick him up and throws another major tantrum if we decide to go home instead. So there is no winning when dealing with that age group. You just need to sigh and hope that in a few years it will all be much easier somehow.
The final thing which has become a recurrent theme in the last couple of months, is the danger awareness that Zak developed, the full understanding of cause and consequence, and the fear of hurting himself when dropping from the big ramps. He often refuses or only reluctantly accepts to skate down steep ramps where he used to fearlessly drop-in from when he was 2.5. He admitted a couple of days ago that he's scared. Sometimes I catch myself putting pressure on him to go down these crazy steep ramps where he would normally be so comfortable in the past, and have to remind myself that he is only tiny and just turned 3, and to stop being such a silly mum. It's surprising to notice that in last than 4 months such a drastic shift in risk awareness has happened. I wonder if anything in particular has caused it or if it's a natural progression in his intelligence and brain development. It will be interesting to see where this all goes...