On Sunday I attended another birthday party for Justin, this one for his school friends. We all met at a roller rink in Hyde Park, and the kids skated along with any adults who wanted to try it. Adults could walk along with their kids who were a bit unsteady on the skates. About midway through the party the rink served a lunch of pizza and lemonade, and Mike & Sandy provided a beautiful birthday cake. Then it was back out on the floor for more skating.
I gave it a lot of thought - mostly as to what could happen to me if I fell - but I really wanted to try it. I believe I've only skated in a rink one other time in my life, and that was back when I was in high school. I didn't really care for it, and ice skating was my thing.
I decided "what the hell, go for it!". I was wobbly the first time around the rink and kept pretty much to the railing around the perimeter. The second and third times I got a little better (although by no means ready to leave the safety of the nearby railing). I think if I had skated a few more times I would have felt more natural at it, but I figured I should act my age and stop before I caused myself any damage. I gave myself a mental "big girl pat"though! (Click to enlarge photos)
Thanks to Sandy's Aunt Liz for holding my hand as I got started. It was enough to carry me through to the stage where I felt I could do it myself. The last picture is of Josh and Justin who were complete naturals at skating.
Today (Monday) Liz and I met a friend of hers in Newburgh and had a loooong lunch at a nice restaurant on the Hudson River. It was so pleasant and the food was the best. I even had New York Cheesecake for dessert! Liz dropped me back here at Mike and Sandy's, and then drove to her home in New Rochelle.
This has been a wonderful 3 weeks for me, with a lot of totally different things to do. I had a wonderful visit in Northern Virginia, a great excursion to NYC and the Intrepid, and then a roller skating event - something I never thought I would do. The best part was all the interaction and fun with family.
I will be traveling tomorrow, but I hope to be blogging more regularly after a few days of rest.
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