Alan says he grew up with hockey skates on, and ever since our kids were little, ice skating has been a major joy for us in the winter. Our six sons made a great hockey team, but with hockey sticks in hand, Kathy and I weren’t too shabby either! However, it’s not always possible to keep a rink on our lake (although it is now again), so earlier this year we enjoyed skating at Patterson Ice Center. We have our own skates, but they also rent skates for just $2, and on Saturday afternoons they have a great open skating time that’s a good mix of speedy skaters (like Alan and our sons), and all sorts of small children who are just learning, insecure pre-teens, teenagers having fun, twenty-something getting some pleasurable exercise, (like Stephen and Joel), and all sorts of families making all sorts of happy memories together! I have to confess that Alan and I were probably the oldest couple at the rink, and I’ve been insecure about breaking a hip since I sprained my ankle skating last year, so Alan and my sons magnanimously took turns escorting me around the rink to insure my safety! Halfway through, a big Zamboni came out to resurface the ice. I loved that these girls were together wearing MSU and UM head gear. Sports teams are big here! After a bit of a rest to watch the re-icing, we were all up and at it again!What a great way to get some exercise when the weather outside is frightful!
I was very taken with how the young parents invested in their children, and how everyone exercised care and consideration for others. I don’t think it ever occurred to me when I was teaching our kids to skate that “before you know it” they’d be helping me! Life sure goes around fast. I hope if you’re young, you take good care of those under your care and those who’ve cared for you, and if you’re old, I hope you’ll let your kids inspire you to take a few chances now and then!
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong: fear not!’” (Isaiah 35:3).