Daily Prompt: In a Crisis – The loneliness of the downhill skateboarders

Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?

Never really thought about it. I just react, and if I was unhappy with the way I reacted I probably would not realise it because the crisis would be occupying my thoughts and concentration.

Skateborders in Feldbrunnen

I met these two skateboarders whilst on one of my marathon walks through the local countryside. It was at the top of the path from the castle, which was the perfect launch for their skateboards, having a downward incline all the way. They had a problem, a big problem, probably involving their mum – and perhaps dad. They decided to go all the way down on the skateboard realising that their unique, newly purchased special skateboard shoes would be needed perhaps to reduce speed on the way. No-one wants to demolish their shoes, and above all a nice skateboard – it could become an expensive risk. Mum would probably refuse to buy a new skateboard and as buying new shoes is almost as expensive as a skateboard, that would not be very positive.

The two boys were confronted with a problem, but they showed courage and initiative. The decision was made to protect their shoes from the record breaking descent speed. They began to collect grass, the tough kind of grass, in bunches and ripped it out of the field. It was a good thing that the farmer was not around, he was busy combing his cows for their appearance at the milking station and putting them in the mood by washing their udders. So these two brave speed warriors wound the grass stalks around their super expensive designer shoes, thinking of the crisis that their mothers would experience if they returned home with burnt soles on their shoes.

Eventually they were ready to go and spotted me with the camera. I took a photo in memory of the day when they did the downhill run from the castle and we shared a joke, when I mentioned that mum might not be very happy about the situation. They reacted with peals of laughter. Yes, modern youth is strong, brave and ruthless – the desperadoes of the downward run.

Side by side, with their shoes bound in wild grass, they perched on their boards, gave a professional kick and were on their way. I was ready to take another photo of their journey, but they were so fast it would have been just a blur on the photo. Half way down the slope they came to a stop. One jumped off the board and the other fell off the board – but they were still in one piece, the ground being covered with torn remnants of grass. It would have been a good idea in the creation, but in practice it did not work. Speed and friction took their toll on the grass stalks. Were they injured, did I have to admonish first aid learnt by my years of practice in the village first aid group? No, there is no cure for laughter, enjoyment and youthful crimes. They both came up laughing their heads off. As I walked past I made a remark about whether mum would be so happy if she could see them now, which encouraged more peals of laughter.

So is modern youth today, they are resistant and strong, the stuff that our future generation is made of. I wonder if they can iron their own shirts? They continued on their way, without grass, and reached the bottom of the hill, talking about the design of their new skateboards and perhaps a better pair of shoes with skid proof soles.

Daily Prompt: In a Crisis – The loneliness of the downhill skateboarders

15 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: In a Crisis – The loneliness of the downhill skateboarders

  1. Motherhood. It makes us fierce and frightening to our kids. Which is probably all to the good. Can you imagine how many stupid things we and our kids would have done if we were not worried about what mom would say if she found out?

    We learned all kinds of great stuff hiding from mom. We learned proper lying techniques which made us better able to work in the professional world where lying is a survival skill 🙂

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    • Such wise words Marilyn. The funny thing is I survived for many years leading my own life in Switzerland without mum, but when I saw her on a holiday it was all one big worry. “Be careful”, “do you think you will be all right” – Are we the same with our kids? I do make an effort not to be.


  2. I want to be a super cool mom but when it comes to practice I often lose my shirt may be I’m impulsive and react too fast. As mothers we are extra conscious of our children and without realizing whether they need our protective umbrella or not we continue to show our concern. Not sure about others but I have to take an effort to behave like a carefree mother. I still think my boys need me for everything….lol You are so right about modern youth.

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    • My solution to the problem was always be one step ahead. Don’t let your kids get there first, know what they are going to do before they think about it. It worked.


  3. I suppose the boys never thought that nice juicy grass, skidded along a hard surface like pavement, achieves a grease-like state?
    As for moms and their worries: as the old poem says, “Life is odd with its twists and turns, as every one of us some time learns. Life circles and there comes that day when we as children are just as worried about the old folks as they once were about us:
    Did you remember your hearing aid, Mom? Don’t forget to go to the toilet before we leave. Are you sure you should be taking this trip alone? Did you put the brakes on your walker, Dad? You don’t want it to roll away on you when you’re leaning on it. Don’t eat too many brussels sprouts, Grandma; they’ll give you gas.

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    • Those boys were probably living for the moment.
      As for the other stuff, I have to do a five minute check before I leave the house. Do I have my key, my money, driving licence and yes I have even forgotten my bag, although when I reach the car in the garage I realise something is missing because I cannot open the car door.


  4. I get irritated by skateboarders weaving in and out in busy public places. Is it just me or my age I wonder. I encountered one outside the bank two days ago and he seemed oblivious that he was almost hitting people as he zoomed past


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