For the second time I strapped on my son’s helmet and skates and waited with my class for the Zamboni to finish up its last lap of the rink. This time out we have a new instructor: Coach Jigar. "Kristal," he says. "There are no skate aids in my class." This guy is off his rocker. No skate aid? Crazy talk.
Coach Jigar wouldn't budge on the skate aid thing. And, actually, that was okay! Although I needed many breaks, he was able to teach us how to stand up on our own from the ground; how to skate in tiny steps; and even teach us how to glide a bit. We were slow, but we were all doing it! Seven grown adults marching with little baby steps across the ice, arms outstretched in front of us like a pack of Canadian zombies.
Why are we doing this? A question I have been asking myself since last week. I decided it was time to find out. While I was marching along, I asked one of my fellow zombies why on earth she would sign up for this class?
About five months ago, Zenith and her husband welcomed their second child into the world. While on maternity leave, Zenith thought she would take her three-year-old daughter out and learn something new. Zenith and her family are from the Philippines originally, and skating is just not something they do there. No one in her family has been skating before.
After deciding what their great adventure would be, Zenith signed herself and her daughter up for a "parent 'n' tot" course at the local rink. That class only lasted one day. She didn’t realize that the parent needed to be able to skate in order to help their tot. Not wanting to give up, though, they signed up for Canlan's Adult Learn to Skate and Preschool Learn to Skate -- same day, same time, and even same pad. Now Zenith and her daughter get to learn how to skate side-by-side. Admittedly, her preschooler is picking it up much faster than either her mom or I. She may make it to the Olympics just slightly before we do.