Monday, July 13, 2009
I lay here in bed, wishing the pain would subside without having to take massive amounts of pain pills to avoid my right ankle and knee from hurting so much. I had so much fun on Saturday skating, but now have to pay the price for not having skated for ooh a good 8 years. My wife and I decided to break out our old skates " in line for me and 4 wheel for her" and try to skate for a couple of hours with our children.
I have to go back a few months ago to really tell the story well. My wife was standing out in front of our house watering the lawn when she met two girls she had never seen before. They preceded to ask if she had seen a little Chihuahua and a larger black dog, they had apparently gotten loose and ran away. Kathy had said that she had not seen them and asked if the girls were new to the neighborhood. The girls said that they had just moved in about 5 houses down, she then said that they should meet our youngest daughter who is 10 years old. Our other daughter was still in Rhode Island on her summer vacation seeing her Dad who lives with his wife back east.
Our daughter came out and was introduced to them and wanted to know if she could play with them. As long as we met the parents Kathy replied and they said no problem. I had now come into the picture to go over and meet the parents along with Kathy and Kailee who seemed very nice and trusting. We talked for a while and found out that the Dad was the manager for the local Roller Skating rink "only roller skating rink really" and that our daughter should go skating with the other girls. Well normally we don't allow that since we had only met them just a few hours earlier. We decided to let her go skate for a little while while we watched and found out that she picked up to skating very fast!
Her first time skating she was getting the hang of it so fast that she was not even falling that much and pretty much keeping up with most of the kids there. Well, the rest is history as we would say and she is now in skating lessons. She is skating about 3-4 times a week and if she had it her way it would be everyday.
So this brings us full circle to the beginning of the story about skating this last Saturday and all of the pain my wife and I are in. We thought it would be fun since the kids are skating all of the time that we try it as well. We had so much fun that we will probably keep skating every Saturday, however, it also depends on how much pain we are in before we go. It is now Monday and I can honestly say that I had so much fun skating with my wife and kids that I can forgo the pain just to see the smiles on every one's face when I fall or almost fall. The kids love the fact that we can do this one thing as a family and it has started to bring us closer together after being gone so much the last several months.
I am going to try regular skates this next time as my wife says that it is easier than Rollerblades and I believe her! It seems that trying to balance on blades is very difficult when you have not done it in almost a decade. My right ankle seems to have a mind of it's own when I want to go right it goes left! When I want to go left it goes.....well you get the picture.
So once again back to taking 4 Advil to see if that helps the pain I am feeling in my right leg down to my toes. Was it worth it?
I guess I would have to quote the MasterCard commercials.
Buying skates for my kids to learn skating.
Paying for lessons for them to get better.
Seeing the biggest smile from your kids watching you go through all of the pain you feel just to skate with them for the first time and seeing you wipe out and fall.
See you all soon!
Hopefully not from a hospital bed!