Wednesday, December 30, 2009
MIDNIGHT SKATE ON XMAS EVE
Ko-Ko and I went for a midnight skate on xmas eve. I have included pics but I am not the photographer...perhaps Sunny Not will get us some pics soon.
On xmas eve Dad took the kids shopping for my gifts (Any surprised Women?, No eh?). I enjoyed a bit of time at home to myself and got ready to head off to my brothers for some time with my side of the family and a small gift exchange. It was getting close so I told Dad to meet me there and I walked over (it's a 15 minute walk). On the way I noticed that the rink I had seen in the fall (we are new to the neighbourhood) had been filled in and was now an ice rink. I was thrilled because I was not expecting anything till the new year...if ever.
I spent the rest of the walk thinking about going skating. Only the girls and I skate. Runner & SW have decided to give it another try this year, and we will find some second hand skates for them. Sunny Not is growing non-stop and needs new skates....desperatly so she would not be skating with me unless we had a plan. So at my brothers house I asked around. No one has her shoe size...figures, however my sis has a pair that will fit SW.
So Ko-Ko and I will skate. Good. Often she and I skate together...well often being relative. We skate a handful of times a year but with a rink at so very close (1 minute walk tops) I hope that changes.
My brother and I skated all the time at that age and up through high school. We skated well enough for pond hockey and a family game called fox and goose. I realize that is from practice because age, and less practice and I am not the same skater. I am a basic skater and so is Ko-Ko. She is happy enough with that but opportunity & practice will make a huge difference.
So we skated on a mild (-2C) xmas eve. We laughed and talked and skated. It was a perfect Mother - Daughter evening. Being midnight made it seem special and magical. how often do you do midnight things when they are young? Well maybe some do all the time but I am a firm believer in limits and bedtimes; It's what makes nights like that special. She brought up Santa, but I assured her that as family we have an inside scoop on arrival time. After that we were good to go. She has always been a happy skater. She falls, she gets up and keeps going as hpapy as she was before. When I fell...the night ended. It hurt and I am not as young and resilient. We had been out for a little over an hour. It did not seem like it though. It was a good end to the night. We slept well waiting for xmas day.