I learned a lot today in the space of two hours and it originates with the time-honored tradition of strapping wheels to my feet and attempting to locomotor around a gymnasium.
1. Skills from one area do not translate into others.
I am a “natural” at many athletic activities, but rollerskating, not so much.
2. My tendency to move quickly is not my friend.
Walking, running, driving, talking, and thinking quickly are my natural tendencies. I MUST slow down on skates. (Mostly because I don’t know how to stop.)
3. If I must fall, I do it with style.
I wiped out three times on my own today. Every single time, my students and coworkers were impressed with my grace under pressure, er gravity.
4. I love my students so much, I am willing to do things that make me look imbalanced. (unbalanced?)
I did not plan on skating today and intentionally wore no socks in order to avoid peer pressure. Because one of my darlings begged me to skate, I went to the car and found mismatched socks, wore those and staggered my way around on ancient roller skates. I changed quickly, because one sock was one of my black ankle-height running socks and the other was a knee-high gray sock. (I know, I’m awesome.)
5. Older men and junior high boys are my biggest fans. (I think it’s because they like to laugh at women who fall.)
6. Even when I’ve got things under control, something always happens.
After my third and most painful fall, I slowed down and was just starting to get into a rhythm again. Just about the time I was ready to speed up again, a 14 year-old crashed into me and had me skating on one foot. As I desperately searched for my other foot, which was somewhere behind me, he grabbed my hand and tried to pull me back up. No dice, I just sat down. It was easier.
7. I am always concerned about the other person first.
Somewhat foolishly, as the boy dragged me along on one foot and was the one who knocked me down, I still asked him if he was okay.
8. And finally, it’s always better to get back up and go again, no matter how bad it hurts.
And here I thought I was just chaperoning a field trip.