There is a long held trust between children, parents, and ski teachers. Children ask parents for ski poles, parents respond "not until your teacher says it's OK". And for their part, teachers are supposed to steadfastly deny those boogers until it is impossible to refuse them any longer.
Apparently Connor's ski instructor on Monday did not get the memo that he was the one holding the line on the ski poles.
And thus, Connor is now the proud owner of ski poles. Let's hope he hurts neither himself nor others with them!
P.S. About a week ago, Helen was skiing down the bunny hill and asked for poles. Ed handed her one and she threw it right back at his feet and said with disgust "that's not even skiing with poles". Ed and I are still laughing about it.