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Oop Hits the Ice
What is there to do on a cold winter's day in Edmonton? We thought a trip to the neighborhood ice skating rink would be fun for our 2+ year old daughter. Guess what? We were right! See video and read about Alex's first time ice-skating ...
Alex (& Dad) Try Ice Skating at the Neighborhood Rink
Ever since Rachel bought a pair of used ice skates at a garage sale for a dollar, she's been anticipating the opening of the Montrose community center ice skating rink, which is just a block away. The warm winter thwarted her plans, until recently. During the past couple of weeks, while on Christmas break from the University of Alberta, she has been ducking out at night for free skating. (Since we can't leave the Oop at home, by herself, Scott ... (aka "California boy") has had a convenient excuse to avoid the slippery sport).
All that changed this past weekend, when Rachel finally found Alex a pair of "Bob skates" (inexpensive, double-bladed, strap-on skates for toddlers). She somehow managed to get Scott to come along and "take pictures", which was fine, as we knew the community league didn't rent skates and Scott didn't own any ... so he thought he was "safe". (Turns out that they have a bunch of free loaners and Scott, who knows tons more about oranges than he does about ice skating, amused the locals by donning a pair and tearing around the rink). If he had only known ... he would have made up some excuse and stayed home ... and you might not be watching this video of Alex's first encounter with ice skating. As it turned out, the skating encounter was very positive, for both Alex AND Scott.
In Scott's eyes, Rachel is an accomplished ice skater (she can turn, skates backwards, appears quite comfortable on ice and doesn't cling to the boards for dear life). We weren't sure how Alex would take to the ice, considering that she still has difficulty maintaining a vertical profile - either walking, running or negotiating around just about anything.
We were quite impressed by her "skill" and enthusiasm for the hard slab of frozen water. She had a great time and wanted "more" and has even talked about skating again (a sure sign she truly enjoyed it). She laughed as we dragged her about, legs splayed and skates at odd angles ... whizzing about the rink in Mom's steady grip. She also enjoyed being carried, twirled and speeding along with the wind in her face. (Her least favorite part, however, was with her on the ice, actually trying to propel herself forward ... though as the video shows, she gamely gave it a try.)
Poor California boy. Sore ankles, banged knees and (compared to Alex) at a severe height disadvantage for falling. Fortunately, he only plummeted to the ice once and actually (in his defense) did a pretty fair job of skating. We think the locals were disappointed though. Knowing that he was from California and not used to the frozen stuff, a couple ventured out to watch his attempt at skating. When they saw he wasn't all akimbo and the comic scene they had imagined a Californian might present, they headed back into the warmth of the neighborhood hall.
Mom & Alex now have skates. There's a free, outdoor community rink a block away. For sure there's several more months of frozen arctic weather ahead. Gee, there's even free skates for Scott. To Rachel's delight, it looks like we'll be skating more.
"Oh boy," says Scott, "I can hardly wait."