Monday, January 28, 2008
Just Like Currier and Ives
The sticks click against the ice, the puck glides. Young men shout out as their skates cut through the frozen pond. A girl or two and a few adults join in the hockey game composed mostly of teenaged boys.
The younger boys start their own game.
Amanda joins the skaters on the periphery of the pond--her first attempt at skating with no walls to guide her. I remembered to have her wear her warm skiing socks, but forgot the snow pants that her friends wore.
It was all new to this Texan, but not for our friend whom we met there--raised in New Hampshire with a pond in his backyard. "Dad brought a rope," Margot assured Amanda.
"I've pulled someone out or been pulled out too many times," he remembers.
The rope wasn't needed. It wasn't too cold to enjoy some time outdoors, and Amanda spent more time upright than sitting on the ice, so she didn't need the snow pants.