Motor City Kitty, Photo by Chris Switzer
Roller Derby vs Family Time… nope…Roller Derby Is Family Time
A working mom who is also taking a full load of college classes might seem to have enough on her plate to try to balance but…. I love roller derby. I was hooked from the moment I joined my first practice. Not skating or being involved in some way is not an option for me. Luckily, I have a supportive boyfriend who is also involved with the team and there is now a Junior team for my girls to skate with. Roller derby has become more than just a hobby or a way to get exercise. It has become a lifestyle and an adopted family for me and my little family.
I love seeing my girls learn from a whole tribe of women. Meeting new faces, learning how to deal with other personalities and how to work together with them has taught these young ones so much already. The adults lift up my girls in such positive ways that I only wish I had an amazing group like this when I was forming how to be an adult. Plus, they get a chance to be a leader in their own group setting. I can see they truly enjoy it as much as I do and that makes me extra happy.
We all talk roller derby at home, over dinner, in the car and everywhere! We look at girls and wonder what position they’d play if they played derby. We watch derby games together with the kids catching missed calls or commenting on great strategy. We crack up when we watch Whip It and make jokes about anything and everything that’s derby related.
So, I do not think of it as one versus the other. It has become a wondrous mix and I couldn’t be happier.