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.