Natalie was watching TV with Grampa one morning when figure skating came on. Natalie was mesmerized by the skaters gliding smoothly across the ice, dancing to the music in their sparkly costumes.
She said, “Grampa, one day I will be on TV skating like that and I hope you are still living to see it.”
Grampa subtly hinted at getting Natalie out on the ice to foster her dreams coming true. We have finally, in the last couple of weeks, been able to try skating a couple of times.
She had taught herself to rollerblade last summer so I knew she’d have a fighting chance with ice skating as well. She did pretty well staying on her feet and even taking a few tiny strides before ending up on her rear.
We are a long way from her television debut, but the exhilarated smile and sense of proud success was worth it.