Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Christmas Skates

All I wanted for Christmas back in 1962 was a pair of white figure skates. I did get them the next year. I loved trying to skate in town at the rink..I never was very good at it. I spent lots of my skating time on the ground, up close and personal with the ice. I loved watching all the town kids skate on Saturdays ..especially the ones that could skate backwards.  I had a hard time going forward upright.. backwards was just a figment of my fruitful imagination. Some of those kids sure could skate.  I did have a beau one winter who could skate backwards..couples would dance and skate holding each other in their arms.. I just kinda hung onto him for dear life and went along for the ride.  The kids in town were really lucky they could skate everyday, and they had a warming house!

The only ice skating that took place on the farm was in the spring in a corner of one of the fields where the spring runoff would collect and freeze for just a few days..but you had to watch out for the weeds that stuck up..they would send you flying. We would haul a block of wood out to the edge of the field so we would have some place to sit down and put on our skates.


My beautiful white skates were a size seven and a half..the last time I can remember wearing them was in the winter of 1972..Far Guy and I would skate down on the narrows in the moonlight. We would put Trica to bed, and head down the hill to shovel a spot to skate. Those skates served me well... I had them much longer than that old pink radio. Not that the radio was a bad gift..it wasn't. I would unplug my parents radio all the time and take it to my room..so I suppose it made perfect sense to them. I don't ever remember wanting anything for Christmas as desperately as those skates.. I just had to wait patiently for them until the next year:)

11 comments:

  1. I used to ice skate too. My butt spent a lot of time on the ice. I would skate whenever our lake would freeze over. It never froze smooth though. Those stupid bumps would send me head over heels all the time. It was still fun though. I remember hot chocolate and long naps afterwards. Those were great memories. I agree ice skates are definitely a much better gift than a radio.

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  2. Oh - glad you got them, and did get to use them. I think as a kid, that was kept us going all winter. Almost every nite we'd be skating at the rink by the old school! Spose I was one of those town kids you talked about!!!!!!!! Twas fun tho. Bet my ankles wouldn't hold up long now tho.

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  3. Glad you got the skates. We only roller skated ice skating was something I watched on t.v.
    You got memories do you still have the skates?
    I just had to ask.

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  4. demanica..No, I no longer have the skates..somethings you just can't onto forever..unlike memories:)

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  5. Great finish to your story.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  6. I'm happy to know you did get the skates eventually. I love hearing your memories of those skates too. Nalley worked with a guy age 55 or so who was always complaining cause he never got a pop gun as a kid. Finally one Christmas, his grandkids bought him POP GUNS!!! I do wish you had a photo of those skates.

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  7. I tried skating in the parks when I lived up there -- almost killed myself. Skating is a skill that must be acquired when you're young, and close to the ground.

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  8. Glad you got the skates! I'm now a great skater in my own imagination. I can do Axels and Lutzes and all kinds of great stuff in my head. Can't wait for the winter Olympics...my skill level always rises watching Olympic skating!

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  9. I never put on ice skates, but I remember roller skates as a kid. I am so happy to hear that you FINALLY got those ice skates, and that they did give you the satisfaction you hoped for... the year before.

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  10. What a lovely story. Brought back such memories for me. One year all I wanted was a Cowboy outfit. My mom made me one, it was red cordoroy with white fringes. I got cowboy boots and a gun holster and everything. I wore it everywhere for days. Going to follow along and read more of your blogs. Come by and visit me sometime too.

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  11. I never skated on a smooth surface growing up. It was always on lumpy lakes and ponds. I tried skating last year and my ankles hurt for a week! I don't know if I will do that again.

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