I did something last month I don't think I've done in more than twenty years. I went ice skating, if you want to call it that.
Across the street from where I work is a plaza that in the summer hosts festivals and concerts. Shortly after the Oktoberfest, an ice skating rink is set up for the holidays. For the last six years, I have looked at that rink and thought that I should give it a whirl, figuratively speaking.
I used to go ice skating fairly often, though I was never very good at it. I could skate forward proficiently and even learned to skate backwards and switch from forwards to backwards without falling down. No Peggy Fleming was I, but I enjoyed it.
So, one day after work, when the office had emptied out early for the weekend, I grabbed my four dollars for skate rental and wandered across the street. Rental ice skates aren't what I remember them to be. These were unisex, molded plastic, heavy, terribly fitting things. The first pair was way too big, so I swapped them for the next size down. Those were big, too, but I was to embarrassed to ask for yet another pair. I tied them on and wobbled over to the ice.
It wasn't nearly as easy to do as I remembered it. I clung to the wall along the side to keep from falling and slowly, ever so slowly, made my way around the rink. Once. I managed not to fall, but could barely glide either. Thankfully, I was the only one there. No witnesses to this.
I blame it on the skates. Not the twenty plus years between skating sessions, or being a bit older, or out of shape, or, or, or . . .
But I haven't had such silly fun and laughed at the absurdity of it all in a long while. Once around was definitely worth it!
“Do not enjoy yourself. Enjoy dances and theaters and joy-rides and champagne and oysters; enjoy jazz and cocktails and night-clubs if you can enjoy nothing better; enjoy bigamy and burglary and any crime in the calendar, in preference to the other alternative; but never learn to enjoy yourself.”
– “If I Only Had One Sermon to Preach,” In Defense of Sanity by GK Chesterton