I was hesitant to rollerskate after over 10 years of not skating, but it was my gr. daughters 6th birthday Friday & she said she wanted to go to the rink on Saturday for her celebration. Well, as all you gr.parents know, it's not easy to dissapoint a gr. child. Especially for their birthday.
For about a week before we went everytime I thought about the event I would think, "what am I crazy?!". I tried to talk my husband in to skating, but he was having no part of it. Comments like, "You want to brake your arm or leg fine, but not me.", came from him every time itwas brought up.
My 2nd born son(my gr.daughter's dad) was all encouraging, well sorta. "It will be interesting to see how you do AFTER SO MANY YEARS & being in YOUR FIFTIES, Mom. Don't forget though, YOU PROMISED your gr.daughter you would skate.", he would jokily say.
I conquered the initial steps of finding the right size of skates. Tying them up oh so tightly to support my old ankles. Walking on the carpeted area to the edge of the rink entrance. Okay the easier stuff done now the "what the heck am I doing stuff" is coming up. I went on to the rink trying not to knockover someone, or get knocked over by someone, while joining the pace.
The first lap I was nervous. The second lap I started to remember my old movements. By third lap I was starting to feel confident in my skating abilities. I was surprised. By the about tenth lap around it was like riding a bike. Once you learn to do it you don't forget no matter how long it's been.
I dodged the " wavering & falling & don't know what to do ones", the "darting in & out with out looking ones", & I kept up with the "I know how to skate well ones". Not bad. After over a hour & a half of skating, I was still alive & well with no major fractures! It was amazing.
Now it's late Saturday night & I know tomorrow I may be walking a little stiffer with some pain from using muscles I haven't used in a long time, but I "got back up on the horse" as they say. Well actually, I got back up on the skates.