After 4 winters here, I’ve finally got the time to look into ice-skating. I had wanted to do it last year as I live in a ‘hockey town’ with 2 skating arenas. Big Kid’s school takes them skating for a couple of weeks every winter as part of their physical education programme too. We bought him skates and a helmet and even took him for lessons so he would know how to skate. As I watched him and his schoolmates skate last year, I thought it would be fun but I couldn’t find a right pair of skates. This year I found a comfortable pair that fits well and one that wasn’t too expensive. One of the skating arenas offers free adult skating every Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm which is perfect as both boys are in school that time.
Together with my friend, Maria, who has always been asking me to skate, I went last week feeling nervous and excited. I had my snow pants on thinking I’m going to fall and it will shield my pants from being wet. I also put on my waterproof gloves. When I got to the rink, there were about 10 adults there already, all seniors, and they were whizzing around the rink fast! I got hold of a learning frame, which the little kids use when they’re learning how to skate, and got on the ice with it with my thickest face. Maria kept telling the seniors who were around us, “She’s new.” As if it wasn’t obvious! A lady, Connie, whom Maria knows skated over and Maria asked if she has any pointers for me. “Lose the frame,” she said, “you’re not going to learn how to skate with it.” So I listened to her and attempted to skate.
Amazing ly, Surprisingly, I found it easy to hold my balance. Before long I was skating!
Connie (pictured on left) was surprised and asked if it was really my first time on the ice. When I told her it was she asked if I used to play sports. Well, yeah, but only because it was compulsory in high school to play a sport. I attribute my ability to skate on the first try to my experience on roller skates when I was young. We didn’t skate a lot but I remember going to the roller skating park some times with my sisters. Thanks, Dad, for bringing us there and for the roller skates!
So another thing on my bucket list to check off. Well done, if I may say so myself!