Raising My Rainbow

My Son Has Discovered Figure Skating And Jason Brown


Photo: USA Today Sports
Photo credit: USA Today Sport

In mid-January, one of my friends posted on my Facebook wall:

Friend:  I was watching that viral video of Jason Brown ice skating, and I had this sudden realization that your son is about to experience Olympic-level ice skating.

Me: He doesn’t even know what he’s in for. I am ridiculously excited.

Friend: It’s gonna be life-changing.

My friend was right — probably because if he lived closer and were 30 years younger, he and C.J. would be inseparable and a fierce force to be reckoned with.

I waited weeks for the Olympics to get underway and set the DVR to record. Over the weekend, Matt and I sat down with our sons to watch the games.

Chase loved the snowboarding and skiing events.  C.J. only loved them when somebody crashed.   Which is rude, but honest, I guess.

When figure skating came on, I watched C.J.

“Is this still the Olympics?” he asked confused. How could we have possibly gone from barreling down a mountain on a board to dancing gracefully on glimmering ice?

We were watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White compete for the U.S.

“Are they in love?” C.J. asked me.

“I have no idea.”

“If they kiss we’ll know for sure that they are in love,” he assured me. They never kissed.  They must not be in love.

Photo: Ottowa Sun
Photo credit: Ottowa Sun

We watched Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond perform.

“She’s really good,” I said when she was finished. Stating the obvious.

“Well, she’s 18, what do you expect?!” he said as he turned to give me an exasperated look. When he took his eyes off of the screen the judges delivered her results.

“Go back, go back, go back! I want to see her skirt and her score!”

I grabbed my laptop and pulled up the video of Jason Brown’s long program at the U.S. National Championships last month.

“Wait. A. Minute. I love his ponytail and glitter costume. I like his style,” C.J. exclaimed.

He watched the video, entranced for seven minutes and 22 seconds. At one point he was clapping as he watched.

“What are they throwing at him?!” he asked at the end.



“Cause they liked him so much.”


Photo: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

At night, while C.J. was in bed, I watched Jason Brown skate the same performance at the Olympics. It was perfect, except that he had a small fall.  My heart broke, for Jason and my son.

The next night C.J. wanted to watch Jason Brown at the Olympics, so I turned it on. C.J. watched the television and I watched C.J.

Jason fell.

“What? What was that?! What just happened? Was that part of the routine?” C.J asked not taking his eyes off of the screen.

“No, he fell. And, then he picked himself up and kept on going.

“Well, it’s okay, maybe nobody noticed.  Yeah, maybe nobody noticed.  Maybe everybody thought that was one of his fancy tricks,” C.J. said trying assure himself that everything was going to be okay.

It was time for Jason’s score. 153 point something.

“Well that’s good. Anything over 100 is really good because 100 is a lot.” C.J.’s hand was on his chest in relief. We know nothing about figure skating scoring, but Jason was smiling and seemed happy so we were too.

My friend Nerdy Apple sent us a video of Jason Brown skating at the Olympics with fart noises strategically overlaid. Farting Figure Skating. I tried to show it to only Chase, but Chase was laughing so loudly that nosey C.J. came running downstairs inquiring about what was so funny.

“Show him, show him, you’ve got to show him!” Chase said through a crying, pee-your-pants laughter.

I showed C.J.

“Is that for real? Was he farting the whole time?” he asked very seriously.

“No, it’s a joke.  He wasn’t farting.”

It took a minute for him to accept it and get over the shock. Then he smiled.

“Play it again,” he said.

I did and he laughed too. A fart joke aficionado, C.J. now loves Jason Brown even more.

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  • tdx3fan

    @yaoming: There is not really that much to get. This woman who needs serious psychiatric help wants to prove how cool she is so she continuously exposes one of her children to “gay” things and the other one to “straight” things. Then she takes the gender confusion that her son is experiencing and tries to claim that he is gay at 6 years old. Then QT publishes it in order to give her even more support than she ever deserves.

    The problem is that sexuality is rarely formed before the age of puberty. Until then, its pretty much anything goes, so this kid could very well grow up to be straight and extremely confused and will end up needing therapy for the rest of his life.

  • QJ201

    @tdx3fan: Sorry no, you need help for your obvious self hatred. Shouldn’t you be commenting on a NOM website?

    Psychologists for DECADES have stated that sexual orientation is set in early childhood.

    Heterosexual children play “dating games” all throughout childhood. Maybe you were home schooled.

  • roseannegard

    There is definitely some background missing from this blog entry.

    I think the point that the author is trying to get across is that there are different types of kids out there, just as there are different types of sports out there. One son gravitates to snowboarders and the other is mesmerized by figure skating. Regardless, they are both watching elite athletes compete in the most prestigious sporting event in the world.

    @tdx3fan You need to rethink ignorant posts before hitting “submit.”

    This is about a family watching the Olympics and how the range of sports and athletes competing resonate with different children.

  • Dixie Rect

    @tdx3fan: Exactly. Not to mention how this horrible mother pimps out her son’s sexual identity and coming of age to make money and sell books. Will she drag him onto the Today Show again? She is an evil blood sucking parasite.

    I hope this kid isn’t real for his own sake, and just a psychotic mental delusion from this insane woman. The kid on the Today Show looked like an actor anyway……

  • Respect4all

    How old is C.J.? I thought he was a teen, but he sounds really stupid. Maybe he’s just a little kid.

  • Respect4all

    @tdx3fan: You certainly seem to be an expert on confusion. And how is ice skating a “gay thing”? I didn’t know there were gay sports and straight sports.

  • SteveDenver

    @tdx3fan: “sexuality is rarely formed before the age of puberty” and where did you dredge up that hogwash, did you just make it up? Sexual ACTIVITY rarely begins before puberty, but attraction, social awareness and curiosity begin long before then.

    You sound painfully jealous. I wish my mom had picked up on cues and nurtured her gay son.

  • the other Greg

    Strange comments this time.

    @Dixie Rect: “She is an evil blood sucking parasite.”

    And not only that, she is an evil blood sucking parasite WHO LIKES FART JOKES!

    What a monster.

  • erasure25

    @tdx3fan: Wrong wrong wrong…. You don’t have a phd in psychology or any relevant field to make any claims about child or human development so don’t even spread your lies and misinformation. You are just wrong.

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