Imagine my joy when I first saw the book Testing the Ice. I could hardly wait to read it. Here’s a dad surrounded by a bunch of kids excitedly running to ice skate. So many memories came flooding back as I read this amazing account of Jackie Robinson’s life. In his tender caring for his children and their friends, I recalled my own dad wiping away many tears as we kids would fall while ice skating or get so cold our toes felt frozen.
Funny how all this reminiscing about ice has made me feel all warm inside. Good memories do that.
I can’t wait to read Testing the Ice with my grandchildren and then share my own heritage moment. Perhaps you have a winter story that you can share. Maybe you made a snowman, went sledding, or built a snow fort. Tell your story (write it down) – I guarantee you’ll be glad you went to the effort of moving from Heritage 2 Legacy (more information).
Daddy’s Ice Rink
When I was a little girl, freezing cold winter days meant only one thing – FUN! Bundled up in pants, sweaters, jackets, scarves, mittens, and hats, we headed outdoors with one purpose. Ice skating. My dad was right out there with us in his winter cap that we all thought looked so silly. Well, this is a story about that hat. Hanging in our family room are two precious memories: my dad’s winter cap with fold-down ear flaps and my childhood ice skates. Since our dad played hockey for the University of North Dakota, learning to ice skate came as natural to me and my sisters as walking.
Every winter your great-grandfather flooded our back yard and created a magnificent neighborhood ice rink. It was glorious! After a snowfall, he’d shovel the snow along the side to create a nice bank for us to slide into. We would play fox and geese, race, practice figure eights, and even master skating backwards. But I never could skate as fast as my dad. He skillfully turned and zipped around while the ear flaps on his cap just bounced. He taught us and all the neighborhood kids how to skate.
How I wish he was here to teach you to skate . . .but you all can have fun wearing his cap!