I did something yesterday that I haven’t done in YEARS… and it was oh, so wonderful!
And what made it “exceptionally” and “extraordinarily” fun (words used by my beautiful little granddaughters to describe it) was that I ice skated with them… Taylor and Maddie.
It started with an idea for a Christmas gift. Barry and I had been thinking-thinking-thinking about what special little gift we could get for our 7-year old cousin granddaughters. I thought-thought-thought about what I loved as a little girl… and that “love” was my charm bracelet. Mine was given to me for my 14th birthday, with a little Happy Birthday charm. Over the years, that bracelet was filled with charms from every occasion and every passing fancy. But one of my favorite charms was my little ice skate. I had spent years in San Diego with my family (my dad was stationed there), and I dreamed of snow and ice and sledding and skating back in New England, where my mom was from. When we moved to New Hampshire, it was a bit of culture shock, but the ice skating made it magical. Little ponds and rivers and even back yards were frozen miracles to me…
So… back to Christmas 2008. Barry and I bought a charm bracelet for each of the girls. We bought each of them a little green Christmas tree with tiny ornaments. We bought our little dancer, Maddie, tiny pink ballet shoes, and for Taylor, our swimmer, we bought a little pink porpoise. Then, for each girl, we bought a little ice skate… and a promise to take them ice skating.
We ice skated yesterday… at the Downcity Providence Bank of America Ice Skating Center. Outdoors. Grandpa, Taylor, Maddie and me… we began in daylight and skated until the rink was flooded with its night lights. It was so warm and beautiful that we shed our winter clothing after awhile and skated in just sweaters. The girls went from novices to beautiful dancing skaters in almost no time as I held their hands and we tip-toed, then stepped, then glided along the ice. Ah… little skaters with their twinkling little charm bracelets.
Ah… something wonderful on ice!
Now Grandpa and I are very excited to add more charms… and more charming days with our precious little granddaughters…