Guess what I did today? Go ahead, GUESS!
*stares at you annoyingly for a moment*
Ok, I WENT ROLLER SKATING!
Yes, I am very cool. You know, about twenty years ago, that is. TODAY all I am is a 33 year old woman who should know better. But today I dragged two dear friends along to the roller rink. We left all our children at home, and strapped on old skates and hit the floor. Um…literally in my case. More on that later.
It was sooooo much fun. The rink was having a Labor Day skate special, and the place was packed, but we still had a great time. It didn’t take long for Amy, Tracey, and I to get a little more comfortable on our skates, and we tore the place UP! Or…went around the rink repeatedly in an orderly fashion, occasionally shooting stern looks at swift-moving children. But STILL!
At one point they had a SPEED SKATE, wherein they allowed all the age/gender groups to take turns skating AS FAST AS THEY COULD. They started with all girls under the age of 10, and eventually moved up to girls over the age of 16. Well, with Tracey, Amy, and me, that made about six hearty souls that got out there to speed skate. And all the young twerplings waiting on the side? Sooo impressed with us. Oh yeah.
Some kids leaned over and held out their hands for us to slap on our way past, surely thinking, “Wow. I hope to be THAT COOL when I’M ancient.” I was so thrilled with my coolness – and speed – that I tried to smack every young hand that was reached out.
And I totally wiped out and tumbled right into the wall.
‘Cause, did I mention how cool I am?
And now, to emphasize how very OLD I am, here is a list of things I thought today that I probably DIDN’T think the last time I went skating, about twenty years ago.
Wow, I’d better take some ibuprofen when I get home.
Uh-oh, I don’t think I left a number where my parents could reach me. I’d better call them.
Does this count as weight-bearing exercise?
Why does the music have to be so LOUD?
I could go for some tea.
What’s with all the small people darting in front of me? HEY! You’re supposed to go AROUND. In an orderly fashion, thankyouverymuch.
I wonder if they disinfect these skates well between people?
I’d better get going home soon if I’m going to have time to clean the bathroom.
Geez, I could use a nap.