Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SOL Day 18: Inspiration for a Post

Tonight after school I was talking to another teacher my building. Her daughter, who is a first grader in another classroom, was also there. We were talking about the Slice of Life Writing Challenge. I was saying how I was really enjoying doing it more than I thought I would. The first grader also has been doing the challenge with her classroom teacher. The mom/teacher praised her daughter for having written a post every single day of the challenge. We started talking about how challenging it was sometimes to come up with a topic for our posts.

Our conversation moved on to other things at that point. One of which was the fact that the whole family had ice-skating lessons coming up. I told her that I hadn't skated since college. She then said to me, "Maybe that's what you could write your post about tonight." So Maggie, this post is for you.

When I was growing up, we had a rollerskating rink in our town. It was a very popular birthday party spot and weekend gathering place when we were in middle school and high school. However, I had never really been ice-skating before. When I went to college, the skating rink where they had hockey games was across from my dorm. They would hold open skate times and my roommate and I would sometimes go skating. I was never very good at it. I always had a hard time staying on the single blade and dealing with the pock marks in the ice. For some reason, I was much better at rollerblading. I still am. As a result, I can't remember the last time I was actually on ice skates. (Although, "The Cutting Edge" is one of my all-time favorite movies!)

I think it's kind of neat that this little girl is going with her entire family for ice-skating lessons. I'm not much of a cold-weather sport kind of gal, but maybe someday soon I'll take my kids ice skating. After all, there is an ice skating rink not too far from where we live.  So thanks, Maggie. For not only the great idea for a post, but also the idea for a great family activity.


  1. I love it when kids inspire us to write. How gratifying it must be for Maggie to know that she was able to inspire someone as important as an adult.
    I went ice skating in St. Louis at Forest Park for the first time in over 20 years. It was definitely a humbling, yet challenging, experience. I loved it!

  2. I love that the entire family is taking lessons. How fun! Like you, I really was never much of an ice skater. I either like to slide on ice in my shoes or put on my rollerblades.


  3. I use to ice skate and roller skate every week! Can you believe that, me on skates? I think my fear holds me back now, it just takes to much to me back together!