Monday, January 10, 2011

Lucy on Ice

After Sam's successful introduction to hockey, we decided that we should get Lucy on skates as soon as possible. There is a pretty decent girls hockey league here, and there is also a figure skating club, so no matter what her inclination, she would have something to do at the ice rink. Right now we have them both in dance, and she is a little jealous that Sam gets to go to hockey also. I think as we move forward that we'll keep them in similar activities, since they like it.

I was a little concerned that her stubbornness (to put it nicely) was going to be an issue, and for a minute I was almost right. She didn't like the skates they provide with the lessons, but I realized that they were too small and then she was ok. She was the youngest kid in her class, which goes up to six year old, so they immediately gave her a sled, which looks like a walker, to push around. When Sam first began skating, he was really reluctant to give up the assistance, so I was expecting Lucy to do the same. Imagine my surprise when after about ten minutes she looked right at her instructor and clearly said, "I don't want this anymore," and skated off without it!


Maybe it's the former figure skater in me, but she seemed like a natural! She fell down occasionally, including a pretty hard head knocker at the end, but she was smiling to beat the band most of the time. When the lessons were over, they collected the name tags, and she began bawling because she thought that meant she wasn't allowed to come back. It took me almost the whole ride home to convince her otherwise, but since then she's been telling everyone about her skating adventures.

She's only had one lesson, but I'm already envisioning her in a clean pair of white boots with a twirly skirt, leaping through the air!

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Chrissie said...

Awesome! Did we wear helmets as kids? It's a good idea, I just don't remember! In the age where kids sat in the front seat, I doubt it very much.

Arizaphale said...

Awesome! I so wish I'd learned to skate at this age. I hope your babe is more like you than mine was. After a few weeks of ballet lessons the BA made it quite clear that she was not going to be the object of my unfilled desires :-D....
I really hope Lucy goes down the Figure skating track. I would have LOVED to have done this when I was young.