On this Freedom Friday, I exercise the right to share:
Several days ago, while meandering through Facebook, I came across a photo post with the caption, “Share If You Remember These.”
Immediately, I pushed the share button for roller skating, as a teenager, is one of the few happy memories that I have about this stage in my life.
Throughout my teenage years, I lived in fear of the potential verbal, physical, and emotional abuse rendered by an absentee father, who randomly appeared, if for no other reason than to create havoc in an otherwise peaceful environment.
But, skating at the roller rink every Saturday afternoon was where I found peace and happiness.
I loved to skate and was one of the better skaters among my friends. Beyond skating, the roller skating rink brings back happy memories of:
- enjoying live organ music which, I now understand, was “especially tailored to the flow of rolling skating”;
- practicing new dance routines;
- watching skaters skillfully glide around the rink;
- feeling emotionally secure in a safe space; and
- participating in a fun and constructive activity with other teenagers.
Before closing out this post, I wondered if there were still indoor roller skating rinks with live organ music. Why wonder, if you have google?
I googled and found Quad Skating Dot com’s listing of “Live Organ Roller Skating Sessions in the United States.” Of the seventeen places listed, two were conveniently located:
- one is within 1/2 hour drive of where we live in Florida; and
- one is within 1/2 hour drive of where our children live in Wisconsin.
A roller skating outing with either Hubby and/or the children added to my 2015 Bucket List.
Of course, since I last skated in 1959, I plan to watch and not skate.