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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Whatever Happened to Couples Skate?

At evening church activities last Wednesday Phil won a free admission to SkateWorld in Springfield. We've spent the last three days answering the question "Can we go to SkateWorld today?" with "No."

Today we said "Yes" (after squeezing every possible ounce of good behavior from the boy -- get dressed without me nagging or no SkateWorld ... eat all your breakfast ... and so on).

This was Phil's second time rollerskating (time #1 was also at SkateWorld, last June). He picked up pretty much where he'd left off: shuffling his feet, falling down every ten steps or so. On the carpet was better than the slick rink floor, but at first it was shuffling from bench to rail to pinball machine to the next convenient hand-hold.

But he gradually found his confidence. About an hour in -- and shortly after the DJ played the All-American Rejects' "Move Along" per my request/dedication to the boy -- Phil was ready to hit the rink. Still doing a fair impersonation of Tim Conway's "Old Man" from the Carol Burnett Show, Phil shuffled his way three-quarters of the way around the rink before taking a breather. Once he figured out that he could make it on his own he stayed away from the rail and didn't reach out for my hand so much (had he had a beret he might have tossed it in the air, even), and we made it all the way around the rink about three times before he'd had enough.

Here's what all that looked like:

On the RailsMiddle of NowherePhil's Keanu Impersonation: Woah!

We survived. Phil's got a sore heinie, but neither of us have blisters. And neither of us faced the embarrassment of being left partnerless during Couples Skate (Lights Out and Reverse Skate were called, but not Couples). And we didn't have to do the Hokey Pokey, either. So, a successful afternoon for both of us.



1 Snarky Remarks:

I love roller skating! I also love Tim Conway's character on Carole Burnett.

Bummer you missed out on the Hokey Pokey. That's what it's all about.
Blogger Jeanne Damoff, at 9:39 PM  

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