by Stefani on 24-May-2010

On the occasion of turning 8, my middle man had one request: that we “do something cool.”

I thought long and I thought hard and then it came to me…. rollerskating.

My boys have never been, but I felt pretty certain that flashing lights, loud music and the entirely new sensation of gliding across a smooth floor would qualify as not just cool, but super cool to my little rocker.

My goodness it brought back so many great memories.

It turns out that the snack bar is still serving up nasty nachos, Sweet Tarts and “Soda Suicide” (all the flavors mixed together).

The Limbo and the Hokey Pokey are still going strong.

The Village People are still singing “YMCA,” Jenny’s number is still 867-5309 and that poor sap is still in love with “Jessie’s Girl.”

There’s still that clump of giggling girls huddled at the dark end of the rink.

There’s still that pack of boys emptying their pockets of change into the pinball machine.

It’s nice to know that there are little pockets in the world where time ceases to exist.

The Blue Yonder boys did just great for their first experience on wheels. They were terribly frustrated at the start. There were tears. As it turns out, rollerskating is a lot harder than it looks. By the end of our time though, they were all going strong and already asking when we can go back.

And y’all? Just so we’re clear? This mama’s still got it! I can still spin around and skate backwards, much to the complete astonishment of my men. I think that if they’d played “Material Girl” or “Girls just Wanna Have Fun” I might have even been able to throw down a few of my old dance moves. Thankfully my boys are net yet horrified by this sort of thing. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. Until then though, you can find me doing couples skates with the cutest boys at the rink.

rae May 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

so fun!! your post made me giggle out loud. 😉 i love that picture, too!

Cassandra May 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Oh I love me some roller skating. I am so in awe that time has stopped at the rink. (Though my cousin did tell me that some of these new fangled teenagers were TEXTING and skating. That makes me a bit nervous.)

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

What? That’s just wrong.

Lynnette May 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Ah, rollerskating… I did enjoy it even after my episode of meeting between the rink and my face. My self-esteem too a hit when I went out for the red light/green light game. As I gently took the rink I took a face plant and in return got a mouth full of blood. All was well and I returned to the rink and enjoyed the thrill of the wind in my hair as the lights danced around me.

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

Oh no! Reminds me of the time I fell down the stairs in high school RIGHT in front of the boy that I had so hoped to impress with all my grace and charm. Funny… can’t remember his name now 🙂

Rebekah May 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm

We attended a rollerskating party last fall. My little ones had a blast. I unfortunately, DO NOT still got it. I was a mess on wheels 🙂 it was fun though, and I too loved that time apparently does stand still inside the roller skating rinks walls!

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

Well… when I say that I’ve still got it, you should know that I never had too much. I’m sure that if we go back another 2-3 times their skills will far surpass mine and they won’t be all too impressed with me any longer.

molly May 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! My favorite skating songs from way- back- when are Sad Eyes, My Sharona and Disco Duck!! I took 2 semesters of roller skating in college, wish I still had the moves but my hips are rebellious, drat it! A few years ago my son worked at our local rink but the owner decided to convert it to an indoor soccer arena(but changed his mind when he discovered the cost involved). Its now under new management and not as cool as it used to be. They even disallowed our once-a-month homeschool skate days. Grrrr.

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 11:56 am

The one closest to is being turned into an indoor soccer place too. Boo. I kind of feel like that’s a sad commentary on childhood, don’t you?

Hannah May 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

You go girl! I’m so impressed that you’ve got the roller skating moves. I’m barely more graceful than my small fry!
Recently at the beach, I had the same feeling of wanting to impress my kiddos with their mama’s hidden talents … with the boogie board. They were too busy doing their own thing to even notice when I finally braved the chilly waves. “But look! How COOL I am!” I wanted to shout in their direction (but didn’t). It was that same impulse, I think — to surprise them out of any assumptions of fuddy-duddiness. 🙂

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

Well if it makes you feel any better I never had any boogie board moves to speak of.
Trust me I’m not all that much better than my kids on skates. It was their first time. Give them a couple more laps around the rink and my skills will soon pale in comparison, I’m sure. I’m relishing their awe while I still have it!

natalie t. May 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Great shot! I think skating was the only thing I did well as a kid, ahhh the memories! I will never forget how impressed my boys were a while back when I got to lace up some quads and take a turn around the rink. Fun!

Sarah @ Amongst Lovely Things May 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm

So much fun!!! This is definitely on my to-do-with-the-kids-soon list. 🙂

And after reading your post, it just jumped the priority list.

Diane May 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

AWESOME. When I come to Austin, I definitely want to go skating with you all. And while I’m at it, I want to go back and go to college wherever Molly went and took semesters of roller skating!!

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

Right? Me too!
I did take a semester of “History of Rock and Roll” in college… but it turned out to be the most difficult class I had that semester!

Kate May 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

So fun! We went skating while back and found time to have stopped at our local rink too! And I too still have skillz. 🙂

Carla May 25, 2010 at 7:36 am

When I was (ahem) back at your age I still skated at the occasional skating party we had and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The last time I tried I was 20+ years older than that and, well, it wasn’t so fun. eeeeeeekkkk!

beki May 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

oh my gosh, THAT sure brought back memories!! I loooooovved to go skating. My most favorite article of clothing was my pink & blue satin jacket with a great big roller skate applique on the back.

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Get out of town! I would have LOVED that jacket. It makes me think of the pink ladies, only rollergirl style 🙂

Carine May 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

I love roller skating with the kids!!! It’s also so nice to watch them in admiration at how good us old folks are at it, and to feel those long lost skills coming back in no time.

molly May 25, 2010 at 11:00 am

since my children could probably beat me in a foot race, i think it’s about time i took them to the rink and put them in their place. 🙂

Stefani May 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm

totally! Believe me, there’s not too much that they can’t beat me at, so it feels awfully good to skate a few circles around ’em 🙂

Kelly May 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

My sisters and I just recently discovered there’s still one skate rink left in our area. We’ve agreed to take our kids there this summer! SO FUN!

Catherine (Miko's Girl) May 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

C has gone to a couple of skating parties. Gave me a chance to dust off my skating skills to the surprise of the little girls and the moms too. I would take C and a friend around the rink to help get their courage up!!! I had just as much fun as the little girls at the party! What a great birthday event for your little man!

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