A Canadian father wanted to know just what his four-year-old son was thinking while he shuffled, fell, and rolled around on the ice at hockey practice — so he hooked him up with a microphone and started recording. Jeremy Rupke, who also happens to be a hockey coach, is instilling his love of the sport in his son Mason from a young age. But so far, the little boy is still mostly learning how to skate, and isn’t always quite so coordinated on the ice. So during a recent practice session, Jeremy attached a mic to his son and recorded all of things he said during practice, capturing some truly adorable ramblings.
I wondered what he’s thinking out there, so I mic’d him up,’ Jeremy explained in the viral video, which has been viewed over 3.3 million times on YouTube so far. As the clip begins, Jeremy is seen shoving the mic in Mason’s pocket before directing him out onto the ice — prompting his son to ask why his dad is ‘shoving that in my pocket’.
It becomes immediately clear why Jeremy was so curious about his boys thoughts. From the beginning, Mason is less interested in skating and h-itting pucks with the other kids, and more interested in laying down on the ice, k-icking his feet casually behind him.
He crawls across the rink, and while the other boys skate around him, he starts to roll on his side. He doesn’t actually start playing until later, when the group is temporarily kicked off the ice so the Zamboni can smooth the ice. While off on the side, he decides to practice by h-itting a piece of garbage around with his stick.
Back on the ice, Mason skates a bit with the group and also to himself, yelling out bits of nonsense and saying them to himself. At one point, he calls ‘Happy Halloween’ even though it was mid-February when the video was recorded. Talking himself through skating, he can be heard saying to himself: ‘one, two, one, two.’ He counts his paces, and when he’s managing OK he giggles and yells, ‘I’m doing it!’ But as he waits in line with the other kids for the first drill, Mason gets impatient, skating away from them and falling down.
After falling again, he says to himself, ‘I’m gonna have a nap.’But he doesn’t give up completely, and continues to give himself encouragement as he skates. At one point, though, he falls again and says to no one in particular, ‘Let me go, you old fat can.’ Other things he says to himself — when there’s no one else within a few feet of him — incclude, ‘I’m gonna grow a party,’ ‘I’m gonna do so fast,’ ‘My legs are tired,’ ‘Criss cross apple sauce,’ and ‘I wanna go BaDonalds.’
The video wraps up when practice ends, after Mason has made it clear that he’s tired and over it. But as he walks out, he cheerfully calls to the other kids,’See you later everyone!’ Then, he turns his attention to his father: ‘Dad, I love you so much!. Mason, who started learning hockey in October, has won plenty of fans for his on-the-rink antics. ‘The entire six minutes you posted was just precious.
When he said “I love you dad” and the end I think my heart melted. Thanks for making twitter better!’ wrote one woman. ‘That cracked me up when he said paint cans,’ a man commented. Another added: ‘This was awesome. Cute as heck. Pure joy on ice.’ One noted that the video provided incredibly ‘wholesome’ entertainment, writing: ‘This video is so pure and wholesome.’
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