His jump rope, however, is apparently not appropriate.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to locate a simple, reasonably priced jump rope for a child? Not a "yoga" jump rope or a weighted jump rope for adults, but a simple child's toy.
I searched Target for what seemed like hours, before giving up and going to World Market for some wine. We actually found one there, a playful business with little children painted on the handles. Sure, why not.
On arrival at Practice Ice one day, I handed Stitch his jump rope and told him to go at it. Stitch starts jumping and Other Kid is on him. "Why do you have a jump rope? You don't need a jump rope until Freestyle five!"
Stitch ignores him, so Other Kid hits me.
"WHY DOES HE HAVE A JUMP ROPE? HE DOESN'T NEED ONE YET!"
"Our Coach says differently, that's all. So he has a jump rope. If your Coach says you don't need one yet, that's fine, too."
Other Kid is flummoxed and starts asking Stitch if he can try it. The two of them start goofing off, and some other Cute Girl Skater comes over with her jump rope to join them. Her Jump Rope is more professional, red plastic and no kids painted on the handles. She notes Stitch's jump rope, and says he needs a better one.
Stitch, eight year old Stitch, thinks this is insane. "It's a jump rope! You jump it! Does it matter?"
Cute Girl Skater insists that it does.
I'm overhearing all this and laughing.
No matter what you've got, someone else has something better. As the song goes, it's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got.