The scene: Breakfast table
The players: John, Maia and I
Me: I had hockey practice last night!
John: OH! How was it?
Me: Good, but late. I came home and you two were asleep.
John: What did you do?
Me: We had a new drill, where you skate to the blue line and fall on your knees and you have to get up.
John: Oh, I know that one.
Maia: Yeah! Yeah!
Me: But when I fall down, instead of going straight and getting up again, I go in a circle.
John (consolingly): Yeah, that happens when you're just getting started.
Maia (helpfully): Yeah! Yeah! But if you put one knee up and put your skate down, den it's not hard!
John: No, Maia, you're supposed to put both knees down!
Maia: Yeah! No! I know! After you do dat, den you put your one knee up and your skate down and you get up! Like dat, Mama! You can do dat!
Me: Aaaaand I got the puck in the net in one of the drills.
John: Awright, Mom!
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I think they are both getting a big kick out of being much, much better at something than I am. And that's good.
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A word picture from Maia on the first snow:
"Tiny snowflakes come down and make the sidewalk flat."
(Murmured from the back seat as we drive through town.)