It’s been years, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. The music had been loud and the lights had been bright. Then all of a sudden the lights dimmed, the music went soft and the DJ said, “Alright it’s couple skate time, and girls, it’s your choice.” That meant this time the girls were the ones who asked the guys to skate with them.

I always knew that brown-eyed girl was cute, but I didn’t know she was smart too until she skated over to me, took my hand and said, “Wanna skate?” I had butterflies in my stomach and my heart was beating a million times a minute as we skated together to a Bee Gee’s love song. I remember thinking as we held hands, “We’ve got to be in love because our hands are sweating so much.” In my head I begged for the song not to end, but it did. It was there that love began for a couple of young kids.

The skating rink was the big hang out when we were teens, and so it was a big part of the memories that we have of “falling in love.”

About 10 years later I called the old rink where we used to skate. It had been turned into a children’s day care. I told the man on the other end of the phone that my anniversary was coming up, that we’d fallen in love as kids at his rink, and I was hoping to surprise my wife and come skate one more time. He paused and then told me he still had some old skates and the stereo system still worked, “Why not?” he said. He and I set a time to be there and I told him I’d bring the music. Lea was a little confused when I told her I was taking her out for our anniversary, and she needed to bring a pair of socks. I surprised her when we showed up at the skating rink. I handed the nice man a CD that I’d burned as we laced up our skates. He turned the lights down as we spent the next 20 minutes skating by ourselves to songs from our past. We must have still been in love, because our hands were sweating as the old Bee Gee’s song played. I was hoping that our twenty minutes wouldn’t ever end, but it did. When we left, I thanked the man and tried to pay him for his troubles. He wouldn’t take my money.

Why is all this on my mind? Because today Cooper’s having a birthday party at the local skating rink and I will forever associate skating rinks with falling in love. There will be no Bee Gee’s music today and we’ll be too busy with kids to skate, but I can guarantee you that that little brown-eyed girl will show up, I’ll get butterflies in my stomach when she looks at me, and if we hold hands … yep, they’ll still sweat because we’re in love.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Amanda KP says:

    aahhhh!!! you better watch and see which cutie skates up to cooper!! :)

  2. DJG says:

    Our first real “meeting” was at a roller skating party. He asked if he could take me home….I had those same butterflies and sweaty hands..

    Makes me kinda mushy just thinking about it!!

  3. Tim Archer says:

    Amanda and I seem to think along the same lines. I preached at a church recently, and a kid came up afterwards and introduced himself to my kids. At first I thought, “What a friendly kid,” then I noticed he was spending more time talking with my daughter than my son. Now wait a minute!

    So Lea made the first move, huh? Glad you were man enough to deal with it.

    Grace and peace,

  4. allie nelson says:

    sweetest story!!!

  5. Stoogelover says:

    You’re quite the romantic guy, Trey! I take my sweetheart to Guitar Center for our anniversary. She’s yet to really understand why.

  6. Brie says:

    Awwwwwwww! So sweet, and it brings up such good memories.

    When I first had a somewhat unrequited crush on my (now) husband, I went to the skating rink with him for a youth thing. Since it was my little brother’s first time skating, he had one of Sam’s, and I had the other one. It was good that the lights were down, because I was blushing.

    I very nearly ran into the wall.

    And in other adorable-ness on roller skates, we got to watch Kyle’s parents roller skate together. They were of the generation where you didn’t really dance, but somehow, roller skating WHILE dancing was OK. It was so cool to watch them together, having fun like they were still newlyweds. They’ve now been married for over 54 years.

    So. Cute.

  7. Jeff Slater says:

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for you, Trey. Don’t you know that roller skating is nothing but dancing on wheels!?! 😉

    That’s a great story.

  8. Haley says:

    Such a sweet story! I hope you guys find a moment to steal a skate around the rink in!

  9. Cecelia says:

    That’s neat,Trey.You brought tears to my eyes.
    There’s a romantic side to you.I’m glad the man let you use the old rink to relive those precious memories.
    I remember back in the 70’s skating to those old Disco,rock, and love songs.Dates us doesn’t it? I don’t care though.They don’t make songs like that anymore.
    If you were going to fall in love,those were the songs to do it to.
    “Sky Rockets in sight,afternoon delight,afternoon delight.Aaaaaafternoon delight!”

  10. cwinwc says:

    Great idea. Did Lea ever tell you what she was thinking when you insisted on her bringing socks? Have a good weekend.

  11. mqmaynard says:

    Thank God, our great Lover, for enabling us to make such warm & wonderful memories. He delights when He can see His refelection in us! God has truly blessed you & Lea Trey.

    Speaking of skating, the last time we went skating was in Red River, during the Family Encampment; we too tried to be romantic but there is just something about a hard wood floor, slippery skates & lack of skating talent that can put a damper on the situation, unless your hubby kisses your owie away while trying not to laugh at you =).
    Thanks for the love story, you made a romantics day.

  12. Chris Johnson says:

    Are you talking about the Golden Spread? If so, my parents owned it from 1985 to 2001 and my grandparents before that.

  13. Laura says:

    Don’t you think the world would be better if we had more skating rinks?
    Love your blog–adding it to my blog list.

  14. That Girl says:

    Our church group would go to the skating rink on Church of Christ night… why exactly could I couples’ skate and waltz but I couldn’t dance without skates? Hmmm…

    Couples’ Skate – Couples, only!

  15. Anonymous says:

    You two are truly blessed that you love each other so much. I didn’t fall in love on a skating rink but my husband and I skated regularly. I wasn’t very good but he was great, he could skate great and do lots of things, he skated with me lots and made me look good on the floor, thankfully he was big enough
    to hold me up, support me and teach me. Good husbands do that in other areas also, don’t they? gmj

  16. Kristin says:

    this made me tear up real good. i love romance! kristin

  17. Baptist Man says:

    Dude…Trey…you are the MAN!

  18. Johnny says:

    As the kid whose parents owned the skating rink, and later the teen who dj’ed, and then the manager, I have witnessed many loves begin during couples. My mom and dad even met at the skating rink (and later bought it) and my wife and I met at the swimming pool my family owned. Congrats on being the “ladies choice.”

  19. nb says:

    Aww…couple skates… I remember “skating rink love”! Great memories.

  20. Katherine says:

    Way to go, Lea!!! Great job on taking the lead 😉

    Aren’t you glad she was so smart, Trey? lol

    I loved going to the skating rink in Crowley, TX…man, if that is all it would have taken to nab me a boy-I wish someone would have told me then! Ha ha J/K

    What a great idea-you are quite the romantic! I am sure Lea loved it and you both always keep that as a cherished memory :)

  21. Todd M says:

    Great post, Trey.

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