I live in Utah. the following must be read with the announcing voice of Michael Buffer. WITH THE GREATEST SNOW ON EARTH. followed by the sound of rolling thunder
Growing up my dad always took us skiing. I have NO IDEA how we afforded it....it's always been very expensive. but it was an opportunity that was important for him to give us, so my mom would pack our tuna sandwiches and off we'd go before the sun came up. It was a lot of fun. Great memories with my dad.
Now I want to do the same for my kids. please now refer back to the "I have no idea how we afforded it"
Skiing aint cheap, yo. To rent the ski's. because we have none. would cost about $15-$20.00 per person. and then we'd have to pay to ski which runs about $60.00 per person. Syd can ski free because she's 6...but we'd have to pay for lessons and her ski's as well.
GOOD LORD ! So for a day on the hill, we'd be looking to pay about $250-$300.00 after tax license and gratuity. ok, gas and food and a babysitter for the 4 boys.
And what about the next year, when we add TWO boys to that list. and then a year or 2 later when we add TWO MORE BOYS. (pause while I catch my breath....I got a little light headed...phew)
Having kids was all fun and stuff before....now it's just super pricey and we can't afford them. Ok, maybe 2 of them. Takers ? Takers ? Maybe on the cute eyelash kid with the dimples ? anyone ?
The reason I am bringing this up is.....the donor was a National ski champ. which means adding my extreme athleticism to the mix, we could possibly have ourselves some Olympic champions. sleeping. right under my roof. right behind me. or maybe not....but who's to say. :-)
Oh hell. I suppose we'll do what we always do and we'll take Syd. Teach her how, she'll love it. and then when the boys have their shot we'll tell them we don't have any money.
So. should we even start ? Should we sell the farm so that they can ski down a frozen hill at 90mph (that's what me and my brother did) and then snow plow for about 300 feet (because that's how long it takes to stop you after going 90 mph down a frozen hill) to stop before skiing into the lodge or parking lot....only to jump back on the lift to do it again ?
Is it really about the experience ?
Damn. I have GOT to get a job. (one that pays)