ice skating, a girl's first

She started asking to ice skate weeks ago. Out of the blue as if it's something she's always wanted to do, there it was, ice skating. The local rink has a few public skates throughout the week and I chose a Thursday morning in hopes of crowd control, and I was right. We borrowed antique ice skates from my mother... Skates once worn by my younger siblings as they shuffled around our frozen pond in Maine day after day. Isn't it a funny thing? When an item that was once new to you is now something referred to as an antique? But I feel like a twenty plus year old pair of skates can be called antique, yes?
Anyways. I haven't had my old tired dogs on skates in over ten years and you know? It's just like riding a bike. It all comes back at once and slaps you in the face. Tying up the laces... And smack! There it is. Memories come flooding back suddenly you're Kristi Yamaguchi practicing her triple axel after dinner in the dark on the pond out back....
Wait this was about Letty. And her first time on the ice!
She did the shuffle walk around the rink many times. Many more times than I would have thought. Sometimes holding on to just the wall, sometimes just my hand, and sometimes both or neither. The smile never left her face. Ever. She kept a commentary running about her skill level and kept asking how she was doing. Which I told her she did awesome. Because she did. Rocking it.

When we left she told Matt that she had a really great time and it was awesome and can she come back here?! Please please please?!

So. Great success. Future Nancy Kerrigan right here. 



  1. this is adorable. i will say that whenever i've attempted to ice skate it is NOT like riding a bike for me. bc i am horrid haha. such is life. but she looks so cute. and your glasses are phenom. not sure i mentioned that yet

    xoxo cheshire kat

  2. That melt my heart. If she does go on to be an Olympic star, you can say you remember the day you helped her fulfill her passion.
    Seems I've got the sniffles.

    P.S. I had a "Bug's Life" themed 15th birthday party at our ice rink just after it opened. I wore Old Navy Overalls with a white long sleeved shirt and had the BIG curl bangs. Ah, memories.

  3. awww this is adorable! and how cute she wore the antique skates :) i used to love ice skating when i was a kid/teenager, but haven't been in at least 10 or more years. good to know it's like riding a bike!

  4. wow i am so impressed!!! i do the shuffle skate around the wall like, the whole time. southerners just aren't raised to skate ha!! my dad is a great skater, coming from PA, but me, not so much!!! then again, i haven't been since prom '04 so maybe i have developed some secret skills.

    1. all this to say GO LETTY!!! got sidetracked in my thoughts. and those skates are so special!!!! wow!!!!

  5. How fun!! I have similar memories of a pond behind our my house growing up too! Isn't crazy how the littlest thing can send these vivid memories rushing over us like a big tidal wave?! Love the look of pure JOY on Letty's face :) You go girlfriend!

  6. I'm pretty sure Letty is already a better ice skater than I am, haha. She looks very confident and sounds like she did pretty great for her first time - way to go Letty!

  7. Aww!!! So cute! The boys love to skate. I always send Chris out on the ice with them. This year they played hockey and my little mama heart was all over it :)

  8. Such a fun memory with her! And hopefully many more to come. :) She looks so grown up. She's adorable!

  9. Bonus points that mama knows how to not fall on her face. I don't have that particular skill.


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