The world of roller skating
Happy Mother’s Day to all the loving, selfless, protecting, teaching and disciplinarian moms of the world! When I think of my own mother, I think of the unconditional love and support she has shown and given me over the years. As I’ve become a woman, she has undeniably become my best friend. I can discuss ANYTHING with her: no topic is off limits. She is truly one of the wisest women I know and I’m grateful and thankful that she is my mother. We have serious in-depth life talks as well as gut busting, can’t-catch-your-breath conversations. We both love to shop, travel and decorate. My mom has great taste: a flair for fashion and home decor.
We have a lot of common interest, but one of my most passionate interests is roller skating. She does not roller skate at all and, from my knowledge, never really cared much about it. But, she was very supportive of my love for roller skating. She faithfully allowed me to go skating at our local roller skating rink. She would also let me roller skate in our house on the kitchen floor. Often she would let me hang with my older cousin Lynne and her friends when they attended marathon skating nights, although she wouldn’t allow me to stay the entire session. As I think back to those days, especially now that I’m a mother, she was right not to allow her 10 year old daughter to hang until the marathon skate session was over. I was just happy she let me experience some of the session with my cousin and her friends who all were in high school. I was a pretty cool kid if I must say so myself!
In the beginning of my post I mentioned a few characteristics of what I thought being a mother was to me. I feel like I display these qualities with my son Zion. Just like my mother and I have activitives we enjoy doing together, so do Zion and I. We have skating in common. I introduced him to roller skating at the age of 3, the same age I was when I first started to roller skate. He decided to try inline skates a few years ago and he now prefers them over quads…go figure! We both really enjoy going skating. I’m a die-hard quad skater and my son is an inline skater, but what it all boils down to, is the fact that we spend quality time together.
At the first of this year, I blogged about an opportunity I had to participate in an event called In-Ergize in Charlotte, NC. I was a storyteller who spoke on the theme of being “authentic.” I shared my breast cancer story and how my cancer journey prompted me to re-priortize my life toward being more “authentic” and pursue my passion around roller skating. From this amazing experience another wonderful opportunity presented itself. This past April, I was able to reach another audience when I was interviewed by Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live on Blog Talk Radio. The show was entitled “A Breast Cancer Survivor Talks About Faith, Resiliency and Parental Involvement.” I was given a platform to share my breast cancer story, my love for and parental involvement with my son, and my passion for roller skating. I thought I would share this interview with you since this post is dedicated to Mother’s Day. If you have a moment to spare out of your busy day, please take some time to listen to our conversation…I think you’ll enjoy it!
Being a mom isn’t a job for every woman but, if you decide to become a member of the “Mom Club,” know that you are taking on one of the most important jobs in the world! I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of such a dynamic club. So, from this Roller Skating Mama….once again I say “Happy Mother’s Day,” to all mothers and remember to….roll bounce, baby!