We were invited to a roller skating party for a family friend’s 5-year old. I was a little nervous about it — neither David nor I have roller skated since 1991-ish, Lakin is afraid to try roller skating, so I worried that she would be bored and/or grumpy, and my kids would be the oldest ones at the birthday party. Nevertheless, I wanted to see our dear friends Craig and Kristin. The girls and I lived with them briefly in early 2008 and they’re fun, funny… just really great people… so we headed out to the roller skating rink.
We got to the skate rink and well, it hasn’t changed since 1991-ish. I mean, maybe not since 1971-ish. It’s pretty much exactly like I remember it as a child. Not a single thing has changed that I could see, which made the whole party even more fun and nostalgic. The kids who could skate were flying around the polished floor, clucking and wagging to the Chicken Dance, putting their right feet in and out for the Hokey Pokey… just like we used to do when we were their age.
Addah was determined to learn how to roller skate, so David put on a pair of skates and bravely headed for the floor with her. This man used to be a whiz on skates, but in the 20-some intervening years… not so much. He stayed mostly upright though and coaxed Addah through the beginner steps of roller skating. She did very well, much better than I did on my first roller skating escapade!
And in case you wondered, my worries about Lakin being bored (and ergo, grumpy) turned out to be unfounded. She occupied herself very well, spending the majority of her time helping to watch the many little kids who came to the party. No one can ever accuse this girl of not being helpful, that’s for sure!