Yesterday we had a little birthday party for our 8 year old that included pizza, root beer, cupcakes and several hours of ice skating at our local skating rink. It was cold, it was slippery and it was wonderful. For those kids that can skate it wasn't really a big deal but for my kids who start out holding the wall and slipping all over the place but end up skating back and forth across the middle without holding my hand or the wall, it is miraculous. Just the ability to be able to show that kind of improvement is a wonderful feeling for anyone.
I can tell you that for a 43 year old sahm, I am a wonderful skater. I can skate for 2 whole hours and not fall down. I can also chase 10 year old boys while playing tag and watch him fall repeatedly and not fall down. I even tried to teach a 4 year old boy who resembled an octopus learning to skate and didn't fall down.
You have to remember that I have lived in many areas and none of them were areas that included ice skating as a national pastime or hobby: California, Yuba City, Jamaica, Angwin, Spain, Calistoga, Oregon, you can see that these are not big hubs of ice skating activity. Just the fact that I can stand up in skates and speed up, slow down, spin (yes, I can spin) and do all those other tricky moves I do whether intended or unintended is so much fun and great for my self esteem.