It’s been a long time since I last went rollerblading. I can’t even remember the last time I put it on. Probably 15 years ago, back in high school or probably even longer than that, elementary days.
Since we were holed up in Stemei (we Christened our home this name) for two days (Friday and Saturday) as G’s nursing a bad case of
hangover headache, we have decided on Sunday to make up for it, go out, and go treat ourselves to whatever, wherever. So we decided to go to the East Coast Park and have a nice long walk in the park. And ended up renting two pairs of skates.
Admittedly, I was a bit wobbly on the skates – I was so confident in myself at first, before putting them on, that my hidden
super skills in rollerblading which was forgotten in time will just come back to me and everything will just be a breeze. It wasn’t but it wasn’t that hard to get used to. G, on the other hand, confessed that it is his first time rollerblading and he’s not sure if he can do it. So today’s mission was to teach G how to skate.
“You should be doing these things when you’re 7, not when you’re thirty” – G
We found a not-so-busy strip of pavement in the park to practice. It wasn’t easy teaching someone how to skate when you yourself isn’t that confident riding it (Do you ride a skate or roll it or use it? :P). But G looks so adorable-trying his best not to keel over and fall, reaching for me when he’s out of balance, sweating and swearing, looking so fierce and determined, but it broke my heart seeing him fall-that all I wanted was to teach him to the utmost of my ability (I have always believed that I am a good teacher. I love teaching kids, more than adults) and see him skate like a pro. I thought 2 hours (S$12 a pair for two hours) is enough time to make him comfortable on skates, maybe not like a pro, and probably we can have a few ‘laps’ on skates together. But of course, that is impossible. Not because G’s a hopeless case (I less than three you G) but because time is limited and we are not exactly in the right place where beginners should be-we should have been in a rink with handles and bars and all.
“The more you fall, the faster you will learn.”
– Poster on the skate shop
We never had one round of rollerblading. I had one go but it’s definitely no fun rollerblading by yourself. But I am still proud of the result: G is a bit steady on blades now and with more practice, we may finally have a go at it. We plan on getting formal lessons on skating while we are both free but when we saw the rate of skating lessons here in Singapore-such a rip off!-we decided ‘No, Thanks” and probably come back in East Coast Park some other time for another round of Rollerblading 101.
Probably one of the best days I had with G – and excited for more to come. FUN FEB FTW! 🙂