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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Something Awesome I Wasn't Sure I'd See Again

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I just took this picture with my webcam (hence the rather craptastic quality):

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These are my feet. With skates on.

As some may know, skating is one of my loves in life. I took freestyle rollerskating lessons for thirteen years. I was quite good at one point, and starting lessons with my phenomenal teacher Ms. Jackie when I was 11 was a turning point in my life.

Last year, I developed a bone spur on the outside of my left foot. I already had a bunion on that foot that hurt me when I skated for long durations. Well, with the new bone spur, I couldn't fit in most shoes much less my skates. It hurt to walk. I didn't think I'd skate again.

The saying is true that you don't know what you have till its gone!

Well, the pain in my foot has subsided a lot lately. I asked Bobby to bring up my skates for me from the basement so I could try them on. They've been in the spare bedroom for a few weeks while I gathered courage. Silly, isn't it, that fitting into a pair of rollerskates could mean so much to a grown woman? I didn't intend to try them this afternoon. I saw the bag in the bedroom and figured I might as well leap rather than planning it and worrying all the while that I'd discover that I would not be skating again. My hands shook when I took them out of the bag.

But you can see the results. :)

(And I still have them on, which really freaked out the dogs!)

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • \o/

    I understand! It happens that just yesterday I took my trombone out to play*, just to see what it would sound like in the refinished living room. I felt nervous putting it together and think I was grinning sheepishly, despite being absolutely alone in the house.

    *For certain definitions of "play". Even though I could still hit notes over three octaves, the tone was appalling. Even with the shiny new wood floor.

    The results were probably less worthy of celebration than your skates though! ;)

    Does this mean there might be a return to skating in the future, perhaps?
  • That's great!

    I know that feeling of being nervous to do something in case it doesn't turn out how you want (I feel like that with email a lot, and clothes. Oh, and staircases.). I'm glad it turned out so well!

    Edit: That sounded shallow of me - to continue, the staircases are because I used to do ballet. Then my ankles, legs, and back got worse, and falling down staircases became a hobby awhile ago. :P

    Edited at 2013-06-19 11:01 pm (UTC)
  • Oh! Good for you.
  • That's great! I'm happy for you. :-)
  • Weeeeee! I am so glad you got wheels on your feets again! Aren't they fun? I loved to skate as a kid, too. Mom used to hate it a lot when I'd put them on, though, cuz I'd spin and do all sorts of things all by myself that would scare her to watch. I banged into things and fell so many times that it used to distress her mightily. Hehe! It was fun being a blind kid in my skates...
    Hugs you and your family, including the doggies, too!
  • Congratulations! I hope you can start skating again.

    And it's not silly at all. I felt the same way when I was able to walk up a flight of stairs again after a long injury/recovery, and that seems just as silly-- and yet not.
  • I used to love roller skating, back in the day when rollerskates adjusted over the top of your shoes with a key.

    < sings >"I've got a brand new pair of roller skates,
    You've got a brand new keeeyy..."
    < /sings > *harrumph*

    er, I used to love roller skating to, but I'd never try it as an adult. I have a far too vivid memory of my mother trying to roller skate in our driveway with my kid sister's roller skates, falling down and ending up in the ER with a broken tailbone. I was in ninth grade at the time. She was almost 50.

    But I am thrilled for you! It's so good to find out that you can do something you thought you couldn't anymore!
  • That's lovely, Dawn. I had a heel spur years ago that plagued me something terrible and then disappeared for no apparent reason. Now I think it's back because my right heel has suddenly become quite painful. I should get an Xray to be sure. But it must feel wonderful to put the skates on again and I hope you can go for a little bit of a spin in them. :)
  • Oh, yay! That's terrific--dare we hope it's the first, uh, step of many?
  • Yay! =D

    Silly, isn't it, that fitting into a pair of rollerskates could mean so much to a grown woman?

    No it's not!
  • That's the Dawn I know and love! But I do miss the candy maker... sigh... ^)^

    So, I have also developed a bone spur on my heel, which sucks. Every pair of shoes hurts. It has seriously messed with my walking. Physical Therapist lady recommended Super Feet and New Balance shoes. *Pouts*

    I have to ice it every night. Ugh.
  • That is wonderful! It is most certainly not silly.
  • Hell yeah! That is awesome!

    Not at all silly for a grown woman -- in fact I'd bet it's one of those things that can keep you young.
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