Lately I’ve been skateboarding in my mind. Escaping to a place where whirring wheels spin beneath my feet. And a Canadian maple deck flexes under my weight. I’ve been kicking ever faster with my right as my left balances on scuffed grip tape that’s curling and torn at the edges. I find a place where worries disappear and no one is standing with crossed arms in judgement. Wind whips my hair back as I approach the fourteen-foot high vert ramp and dip the nose over the coping.
For a moment I turn my my face upward to the Southern California sun. Feeling it warm my skin while I plan the series of tricks I’m about to perform. Frontside 180. Fakie. Hurricane Stall. Backside Rock-and-Roll.
Then I drop in, rolling down the half-pipe, bending my legs and extending my arms in ways I never have before. One trick. Two. Seven. I am laying it down like Tony Hawk or Shaun White. I am no longer a teacher with papers to grade or an author with chapters to finish.
I am airborne, off to that skateboard in my mind.
Laurie Woodward is the author of several novels including Forest Secrets, and the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles. She also cowrote Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet, and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes on the Central Coast of California.
Links to her books can be fund here: Laurie’s Amazon Page