Ice Skating

Ice Skating / Library of Congress

Ice Skating / Library of Congress

One winter, my friends took me ice skating in the chilly air of the Boston Common, a historic park with imposing statues. In the winter they set up an outdoor rink there. I had trouble using skates, but my friends glided on either side of me and off we went, very slowly.

There was another disabled kid on the ice, maybe 10 years old. His parents had fashioned a metal walker for him to hold onto as he skated, the kind with four legs used by the elderly. At the bottom of the metal legs were hollowed out tennis balls, which seemed to handle the ice rather well. The boy looked like he was having loads of fun. I was too. We both went around and around.

4 Responses to “Ice Skating”

  1. Grace Carpenter writes:

    You’re daring!

    I used to skate with my son, when he was 6 or 7. It was so fun. I’m not sure I will skate again.


  2. duke writes:

    I was a klutz before the stroke,, If I tried to ice skate now id near a periscope cause I would end up under the ice

  3. Kari writes:

    I learned to ice skate in Lake Arrowhead with those little walker things. Not just for the disabled! Happy holidays, Nina!

  4. El Guapo writes:

    I learned how to ice skate as a very small child in strap on skates with 4 tiny blades on each platform.
    Fortunately, it did not turn me off from skating, and I still try to go at least once a year.
    There’s an indoor rink in the city and sometimes I go in August.

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