One thing I can never regret about moving to Norway is the life it has given my two boys. I really believe that Norway is a fantastic place to be a kid. The society is still relatively small and safe and children are encouraged, or actually required in school, to be outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine.
My boys are not so small any more. Justin is 20 and Kyle is 17. We no longer take them out for a trip in the snow every weekend, because they have learned the good habits and go themselves with their friends these days. Both my boys are away this weekend. Justin is at one winter cottage with 10 or so friends from his Sociology class for one of those fun, crazy, bonding and yes likely drinking weekends with his college buddies. That is just what these student years are supposed to be, and it is especially good for my son because we have encouraged him to live at home for a couple of years extra to save money on student loans. So he does not live in the student apartments.
My youngest son is lucky enough to be with his friend and their family to a ski resort at Trysil mountain. The father’s company has access to a ski lodge on this mountain and the family travels there a couple times a year. It’s not that far from where we live, maybe 4 hours drive maximum. They leave around 2 pm on Friday afternoon and stay until close of the ski center on Sunday. Kyle called me today from the top of Trysil just to tell me that they had hiked all the way to the top 1100 meters (3609 feet) above sea level.
I am of course very happy that my son even thinks of me when he is up there 🙂 And I am very happy for the experiences he has with his friends. I am eternally grateful to his friends parents for taking him along as often as they do since I myself do not ski, so we rarely go to the big resorts. Being a good mom, I did arrange for him to have snowboard lessons when he was around 13 so that he would learn the proper techniques, and he has been pretty much crazy ever since.
This video is made by my son Kyle, he is the hairy kid in the begining too 🙂 Most of the snowboarding is him, but not all. The skiers are his friends. He made this video 2 years ago so his snowboarding has improved even since then. And while I am bragging he works at the ski resort shown in the video part time so he also helped to build and install a lot of this winter park, and normally likes to TEST the big jump before they open. You may notice that the slopes are a bit dark in much of the film. That is because the sun is quite low when it is up in the wintertime and Kolsås ski center is on the “wrong” side of the mountain. The mountain shades the slope from the sun much of the day so it only has maybe 2 hours sunlight. Thats why the shadows are so long and sometimes you can see sun in the scenery in the distance but not on the slope.
This kid is pretty crazy, does he brake anything you are wondering? Yes, last year he broke his wrist. But he has safety equipment, a back protector and of course a helmet. The kid who does the back flips is NOT my son Kyle. If he does back flips now 2 years later – I don’t think I wanna know hehehe!! There are just some things Mom’s really don’t need to know!
So you see it really is a boy’s life!