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Jan. 24th, 2014

11:53 am - "Try Something New"

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After thinking about it for a while, I chose roller skates for my 65th birthday present this year. My motto for this year has become, "Try something new." The last time I roller skated was at a rink with our kids about 35 years ago. However, I roller skated daily as a child. We lived on a cul-de-sac, so the neighborhood kids basically played in the street. This meant balls, bikes, wagons, skates, and eventually skateboards were frequently rolling all over that sleepy little street. In the summertime, the neighborhood kids, which totaled seven of us, met daily on the street in front of our houses to decide what to do that day. Skating may have been the most popular for the 11 and under set. Back then we had the skates that attached to our shoes with a kind of screw and "skate key". It ruined our shoes, but we got new ones at the end of summer for school. So it worked out ok. The skates I got today are the modern "fancy" kind that are a boot with wheels attached. I must say that they are a big improvement on the skates I had as a child. They are sturdy and comfortable and I've already had my first skating session on them at the park. What I didn't show here is the full complement of "safety gear" that I got to go with them: elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards, and I'm still shopping for a helmet. These kinds of pads were unheard of when I was a child. And I would have resisted them mightily if I'd had to wear them back then. But, now, at my age, I'm grateful for the protection. I feel like I need it! But back then, I was invincible!
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Though roller skating is not actually "new" to me, it might as well be. I feel like I'm starting all over! I'm looking forward to getting my "skate legs" and having some fun!


Date:January 26th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Even though we thought we were invincible back then, compared to now we pretty much were! We would fall down or get cut up but healing came usually within the hour. I also had skates as a little girl and loved the feeling.

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Date:February 25th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
I've had to get used to seeing kids with all the safety gear now. Helmets, pads..... it's standard practice now to wear all that stuff. The fact is, that children are so flexible and resilient that they can fall and usually not hurt themselves. It's us older people that need all that gear! It seems like we're telling children, "this is dangerous!" Not a good message for healthy childhood activities like skating and riding bikes., in my opinion.
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