Last night we had an All Church Skate Party at Fun-City SK8 & Play. It was a blast. Mind you we didn’t get the whole church; I don’t think 445 families would have fit. But we had a lovely group and it was fun.
I didn’t skate. I can skate. I know how to skate but I didn’t. Mostly, I didn’t want to fall down a lot. There, I said it. It’s possible that I could have gone around without falling but it wouldn’t have been probable. What would have been probable is that I’d fall and couldn’t get up,
“Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
People would have helped me, at least the kids would have. There is nothing more kind, more sweet, or more reassuring than a pod of five year olds assisting you to your feet. Bless their skating little hearts.
Children of various ages asked why I wasn’t skating. Within the following responses is one honest answer. Can you discern which one?
- “I accidentally brought my ice skates instead of my roller skates.”
- “My skates have metal wheels and those aren’t permitted.”
- “My rollerskating skills would have intimidated you kids.”
- “I was a professional Roller Derby skater and now I have bad knees.”
- “Falling a lot would have been injurious to my ego and other parts.”
So, instead of skating I did what most of the adults did. I socialized while watching the kids, and some of their parents, go around and around and they did great. Hardly anyone fell. Well, one dad repeatedly fell and we tried not to laugh but we did.
Here are but a few of the conversations I enjoyed:
- Talked with a new family that’s been coming to church for a few weeks.
- Talked with a school teacher about her class and how it’s going.
- Chatted with a grandfather who was there to take pictures of his grandkids.
- Had some discussion with a couple of Dads who are in men’s group with me.
- Had conversation with some of our ministers who were there.
I left a little early. Went home to watch the Sunday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Cowboys lost 12-10.
I should have stayed at the party.
It was fun and I’ll go again. Probably won’t skate, again. Probably will stand and socialize with parents and interact with the skaters, the kids going around and around and stopping to tease me for not skating.
It was a sweet time with some of my brothers and sisters and some very fun moments with those to whom Jesus has pledged his kingdom.
Maybe I need to invest in a new pair of skates.