Wear A Helmet – What Would Bon Jovi Do?

17 Jul

Apparently I have been out of the roller skating loop a very long time. I found out today that kids at roller skating and ice skating rinks all wear helmets and protective gear these days. As a mother, I should be all for it, the safer the better. As a girl who grew up at the Orange County rinks, I feel like its the end of an era.

When I was 11 years old my Dad used to drive a big group of us in his crazy looking RV called “The Zimmer” to the ice rink in Costa Mesa on Saturday nights. It was the absolute highlight of our preteen lives. None of us had discovered sex, alcohol or drugs yet and we just wanted to skate and listen to Pirate Radio. I had however discovered boys, one boy in particular and I was convinced it was true love. Every week when the lights dimmed and it was time for the couples skate all I wanted was for him to pick me to hold hands with and whirl around the rink. I remember the day he first picked me, Love Bites by Def Leppard was blasting and he asked me to skate. I thought my heart was going to melt the ice.

Now, when I think back to that magical moment and imagine myself wearing a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads, it just doesn’t seem the same.
I know first hand that sports are dangerous. I broke my arm on a dirt bike, my ice skating, and chipped my tail bone roller skating, all before I even hit my teens. Could all of my injuries have been prevented if I was wrapped in bubble wrap? Probably. What if I just stayed indoors all together? Most definitely. But I wouldn’t have learned that I can try something, get really hurt and survive.

Of course, I know what some of you might be thinking, “So we should all expose our kids to brain damage and mortal danger so they can learn a lesson?” I’m not exactly saying that. I guess what I’m saying is that there has to be some wiggle room for kids to fall and get up on their own.
When my kids play sports they will definitely wear the recommended safety gear. When my kids run outside to play with their friends I won’t be the Mom following behind with an umbrella to shade them from the sun so they don’t get a sunburn.

All of my broken bones have healed and I’m pretty sure both the ice rink and roller rink are long gone. The experiences are still there for me to remember, lean on, and smile about.


3 Responses to “Wear A Helmet – What Would Bon Jovi Do?”

  1. Kristy July 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I remember those days…..the Zimmer,
    And of course when you fell roller skating. Funny thing is I was just at the skating rink in Fountain Valley and it hasn’t changed much!! I had to try skating since it has been 15 years or so since I last tried and I was terrified of falling. Of course i thought of your injury. Crazy the memories we carry with us!!

    • 90210mom July 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      I can’t believe it’s still there! I had a feeling you would comment Kristy! Xoxo

  2. Izzy July 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I remember that Zimmer so well . We had a lot of fun with your parents, my girls, your siblings and you.

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