On Saturday #1 Son was invited to the local rink – Flynn Rink for those interested – for a birthday party.
The birthday boy’s mother was prepared for there to be non-skaters in the group, and had set up snacks and hot chocolate (with marshmallows and chocolate dragée candies) for those children to hang out away from the ice.
How Daddy thought it would go:
That he would outright refuse to try it.
How I thought it would go:
That we would persuade him to go out on the ice. After 30 seconds he would slip/fall/be unable to move and probably have a meltdown.
We got him into rented skates. Helmets are apparently not compulsory and as such were not rentable.
We gave him a milk crate for balance and stability, and watched him go out on the ice.
With, I admit, our hearts in our mouths.
Please remember this was the first time he had ever been out on the ice!!!
I’m not ashamed to admit, I cried. Full on blubbed and sobbed. I was overwhelmed with how proud I was. I couldn’t explain it.
In fact I find myself tearing up as I write this post and re-watch the videos
He enjoyed himself.
Yes, he fell down. Yes he blunderbussed his way into other children. Yes I spent an inordinate amount of time apologising to the world in general (as I had no idea which parents belonged to which child) but he had so much fun.
Sadly the rink is now closed, a month early, because they had received a $3 Million grant for refurbishing, but they will reopen at the end of August – so we will see if we can sign him up for lessons.
He showed an interest in learning, the rink is close by, and hockey is BIG in this town. I’m not necessarily thinking we will get him into hockey itself, not for a while, but learning to skate is a really good skill to have while we live here.
After the skating was pizza, juice and cake. Sadly the first few pizzas were more than a little carbonised on the bases and so he refused to eat them. So we said our goodbyes and left a little early, but overall I would consider that party a huge success!
As we grownups hadn’t eaten, and the cat needed food too, that we would go to Wegman’s very nice burger bar via PetCo.
Where there were beautiful Bettas (Siamese Fighting fish) – some of whom had made bubble nests yay!
Also gorgeous reptiles of various persuasions.
All in all, a very very good day.