I saw a notice in the paper for ice skating lessons during the mornings. Little LadyBug was in afternoon kindergarden and I was looking for an activity to entertain her for one morning a week. I took her to the skate shop and purchased a beginner pair of ice skates for $50. (Little did I know that that $50 pair of skates would be the least expensive part of this whole adventure.)
I dressed her in layers - tights and then leggings and then her turtleneck, fleece, and coat. I thought she might freeze. HA!
We arrived at the rink. I put her skates on and her helmet. She looked adorable.
The kids took the ice. They each grabbed a double stacked milk crate to help with their balance. Little LadyBug watched and said little. She grabbed her milk crate. She took two pushes and slid the milk crate to the next kid in line. I knew at that moment my life was going to be filled with hours at the rink. She skated over to the teacher. The teacher asked her if she had ever skated before.
"No. This is my first time. I like it."
The teacher showed her how to stop. Little Ladybug had that down in a matter of seconds. The teacher showed her a few other things. Little Ladybug mastered them. Little Ladybug took to ice skating like a fish takes to water. It was really cool!
I spent the next 4 years at the rink -- at many rinks. Little Ladybug loved every minute on the ice -- I loved every minute watching her. She was working on her Axel when she stopped skating. Someday, if we ever get a rink out here, she'll skate again and she'll land her axel.
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