Personally, I thought there was no way I'd put ice skates on my feet since it's been at least 20 years since I stood (wobbly legged) on those things. But, in the end, I did relent and rent a pair since I figured I'd need to be properly shod if I wanted to get on the ice and lend some confidence to my slippery footed little daughters. Besides, there was the trusty half-wall surrounding the rink and that was always within reach, right?
Surprisingly, within a half hour or so, I found my legs and the confidence to finally let go of the wall. More impressive though was that Maddy was also able to let go of the wall!
I think Maddy might be a natural at this. She's extremely muscular and the value of leg strength can't be underestimated if you want to remain upright while standing on ice! The sight of this little 26 pound cutie gliding across the ice drew lots of ooh's and aah's from onlookers as we skated hand in hand around the rink.
Gwen needed some extra support from Daddy (both hands, actually) but he was up to the task since he spent many hundreds of hours on the ice while he was a student at MIT. He even owns his own skates. I couldn't help but smile as I watched my man glide around the rink with effortless grace. My gosh, he was beautiful!
I think there is more ice skating in our future. Maybe even a picture or two next time!