A Very Late Photo Friday: The Park and Parkour

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Meet Zack and Joey:

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They’re pretty cool.

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Zack, Joey, and Adam are our resident Parkour Enthusiasts.

[Click here for a description of Parkour]

If you haven’t noticed, Adam is missing in this trio today, making this post about only 2 of our Parkour Heros:

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I love this way too much: Suuper-Zaack!

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Zack and Joey!

Oh wait, we’ve been over this.

Moving on…

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We were at the Children’s Park for the end-of-the-year field day with the Homeschool Coop

when the boys found some very beautiful, very fake grass,

Perfect for some Parkour practice!

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I like these guys a lot.

Sometimes they’re goofy…

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I'''''m an idiot!
Fight Scene!

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but they’re also serious.

I see them pause, check distance and make plans in their heads.

They’re determined

even though flipping and jumping goes hand-in-hand with falling, twisting, and scraping.

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They don’t give up.

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I love watching them transform this city into a jungle gym,

(yep, just like Jack Johnson!)

climbing containers, leaping fences, tumbling from ledges and swinging on, over and under bars of all sorts.

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But even though these guys are fun, lively, and entertaining, they are more than that.

They love this sport,

but it’s not all about them.

They share it.

How many 15 year old boys do you know that invite their older sisters and dorky youth leader (me) along to learn parkour?

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Truthfully, the reason you don’t see any pictures of ME doing parkour is because I haven’t yet been brave enough to try it, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been tempted! If anyone could get me to try it though, it would be these boys.

They’re good teachers, too.

Molly, Sarah, Sue and Elise were hopping over low fences after a short lesson with the guys on our retreat,
and looking pretty cool doing it too.

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“They love us!”

Zach dramatically hollered down to me from on top of a shipping container the other day,

referring to the flock of 11 and 12 year old boys climbing up after them.

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“Of course they do!” I shouted back.

These guys are leaders. Role models.

They are inclusive and encouraging with others while still challenging themselves

and going hard at the things they love and

I think

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that that

is pretty awesome.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Shawn Bird says:

    🙂 Fun photos. Nicholas and his friends were really into parkour at around that same age. It seems to require a particular brand of foolish fearlessness that teen boys are brim full of. Now he climbs cliffs and frozen waterfalls, which is more calculated, and less joyful than parkour is.

    1. Anna says:

      Yep, foolish fearlessness is a good way to put it! I’ve got the foolish part down pat, but we’ve got to work on the fearless before getting to the parkour part, let alone cliffs and waterfalls…haha.

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope the book is going well!

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