My parents had some friends in town this weekend. Over a bowl of popcorn and some beers at our favorite pizza place, my mom stopped her conversation and said, “Devon, don’t you think you have OCD?”.
A hard question to answer if you’ve never thought about it before, but I have. When I made sure my math tutor fully completed the circle in all the zeroes she wrote in my notebook so they wouldn’t be broken; when I became consumed with gymnastics after the 1996 Summer Olympics; when I taped countless pictures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer all over my bedroom wall and then took Taekwondo until I got my black belt; when I want to surf every day, I have thought about it.
“I think I’m outgrowing some of it, the older I get,” I said.
Although, the reason my mom brought this up is because we had been in and out of skate shops the last two days shopping for my birthday.
So, I must admit: I am becoming obsessed with skateboarding.
But for positive reasons, I think. Because it’s something new to learn; because it’s an easy way to meet people; because it’s something different Scott and I can do together; because it’s hard and scary.
I think my future response to this question will be, “Yes, but I try use my powers for good.” 🙂
It rained a little on my birthday and over the weekend. I’ve taken a new liking to rain, so I wasn’t that concerned. We ate dinner at a Peruvian restaurant in town. Everyone appeased my requests to order things as we felt hungry for them, instead of all at once, and to eat slowly. It was nice.
On Saturday, Scott’s sister Kristen and some friends stopped by after a night of camping in the rain. We revived an old tradition of having a every visitor sign a beat-up surfboard in the backyard and ate microwaved rice cakes with soy sauce and parmesan cheese, my favorite.
That night, we skated the new park in Oceanside until we couldn’t see anymore.
On Sunday, the waves organized themselves and welcomed us to ride them. Dad, me, Scott, Kevin and Shaun all catching waves in polluted water. So far, everyone still seems happy and healthy.