we went ice skating with the cub scout group. we had been told of the outing weeks in advance & i was SO excited! um, Z was like whatever. i remember going ice skating once before when i was a kid, little, parents still married even. for some reason i thought i would be able to just glide out on the ice like dorothy hamill, not my fault girl made it look so easy.
i looked it up, it was the olympics of 76, so i was about 5 years old. i fell a lot. i cried a lot. then i said it was bull**** & i was done with it. [it really wouldn't surprise me if i said that, just so you know.] i remember my parents trying to goad me out to there again but i wasn't having any more of it.
flash forward many years & now that i have roller skating & roller blade experience under my belt, i was eager to try again. we were a little late, which you know, is what we do, so there were a few people there already giving it a whirl. beings it was a group of newbies they rented "EZ skaters" - walkers for ice skating for all intentional purposes.
Z borrowed one of those & headed out w/B while i held on to the rail for dear life. although B hadn't ice skated in a long time, it didn't take him long to get it back. Z was out there, fast, it didn't matter how many times he fell he just kept on going & before we knew it he'd kicked that EZ skater to the curb & was falling all about without it, but that still didn't stop him.
i got going, finally able to let go of that rail a bit as it was quite similar to roller blading. my calves would get sore really quickly though. i could do 2 laps then i needed a break. B tried coming along with me, but i couldn't hold his hand & skate, i needed to be on my own. the only problem was i didn't learn to stop, which can be troublesome. i little boy fell down in front of me & all i could do was yell to warn him of my eminent crash. B said i actually called out his name, i have no recollection of that, but he was right behind me & he grabbed a hold of my waist & slowed me down some so i didn't completely run over the little one.
it was a good time, although Z fell numerous times he didn't complain. i figured out i couldn't watch either B or Z skate as i would need heart medication. we'll put that one down as a win & hope to do it again soon.