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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Roller Skating

A few months ago I took Kayla roller skating for the first time.

A few weeks ago we went for just the 3rd time. Oh my goodness. The improvement was amazing!

Now she is not full out roller skating going around the rink at a regular pace - but the difference from the first time she was on skates was noticeable.

Obviously the first time she was on skates there were many, many falls. Learning to balance with wheels on her feet and holding on to me for dear life.

This last time we went? She didn't need to hold my hand at all. And she hardly fell. It's not that she was flying around the rink, but she had the balance, coordination, and confidence to not need to hold my hand.

It's slow going, she shuffles her feet along...but she's doing it by herself. And actually, there were a few times were she took long glides on her feet and did get a little skating in.





There is one image in particular that will stay with me from this night though.

They have 'adult skate only' (as a side note: boy did that make me feel old - knowing I was old enough to be out for adult skate only!) and I guess there is a 'tradition' of sorts during this adult skate only.

The kids line up along the wall and hang their arms over the wall, palms open, waiting for the adults to skate by and slap hands with them on their way around the rink.

And there was my daughter. The little girl with a different chromosome make-up. Different; yet alike. She was right in the middle of those kids. Doing what they were doing. Arm out, waiting for the slap of the palm. Biggest smile on her face. Giggling. Loving every minute.

Just like the other kids. Different, but no so different.

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20 comments:

nichole said...

Kayla is braver than I. I fell once roller skating and broke my wrist and haven't been back since. She looks like she is loving every minute of it!

Becca said...

Wow, go Kayla!!! She sure is brave! And I love hearing about her being so much more alike than different, waiting for the adult skate to end. Beautiful.

Tausha said...

Wow, that is so amazing. That brought a big smile to my face. Way to go girl!!!

ABandCsMom said...

Great job Kayla!!

Christina said...

So adorable! Look how proud she is of herself!!!

Ellen said...

I should learn from Kayla. I'm still too chicken to go out in the rink. Way to go, girl.

Mom24 said...

That's really beautiful. I'm glad she's doing so well. Maybe some day she can teach me.

Jasmine said...

Go Kayla Go. I love hearing about her accomplishments. And you look young and beautiful.

Great job ladies. xox

Cindy said...

I'm too afraid to go out on the rink. You're brave! Great job Kayla!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful.
It is a memory Kayla will have 4 ever.

Lisa said...

she skates WAAAAAY better than me. seriously!

nicole @ much more than a mom said...

Beautiful post, Michelle. It brought tears to my eyes. Way to go, Kayla!!

Joyfulness said...

That's awesome. I'm still skiddish on skates, so she's way ahead of me!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

such fun roller skating pictures! that is awesome that she has started to really get the hang of roller skating in just 3 times of trying!!! :)

Bonita said...

Way to go, Kayla! Rollerskating takes a while to learn, but it's well worth the effort.It took me way longer than 3 tries to learn it.

Renee said...

Kayla is doing great! What wonderful memories for you both.

Nicki said...

I bet she's better at it than me! I could never get the hang of rollerskating!
By the way, my blog has moved because I couldn't afford Typepad any more! I am now at http://slow-down-gym-shoe.blogspot.com.

chelle said...

aww I so went rollar skating when I was a kid! What fun! I am glad it is a cherished event for you and Kayla!

Sandra said...

wow, I don't even roller skate, way to go Kayla :)

Chris said...

This just made me smile! Thank you!

Something tells me those adults who slapped those kids hands will remember one smiling face more than the others.

And it will no doubt bring a smile to their face.