As part of our Festibond traditions I take each daughter out on a date. Kirsten does the same. It has been a great way for us to strengthen the individual bonds that make our family close. Skye asked me to take her ice skating for our date. I think she got the idea from Kirsten’s date with Hayley. Regardless, I was excited to spend time with Skye. Also, it has been about twenty-five years since I’d last skated and I knew it was going to be fun. I played ice hockey as a kid in Alaska and remember those years with fondness.
The Family Skate Center in Falmouth is a wonderful facility that features both an indoor hockey rink and an outdoor skating pond. After Skye and I had our skates laced up we headed outside where Maine was experiencing unseasonably balmy 40+°F temperatures. Much like my return to snowboarding the week prior, I was a little rusty on skates. I could stay upright, cross-over in the turns and skate backwards, but none of it was pretty. Skye had been only one other time and was quite unsteady. I didn’t mind, and enjoyed holding her hand as we made our turns around the frozen pond.
After a while Skye said she was hot and wanted to go inside where it was cooler. The indoor hockey rink was boring and cold, but I enjoyed talking to Skye about school, boys, her sisters and other things she had on her mind.
The rental skates I was wearing were too big and quite uncomfortable. After a few more turns on the outdoor pond I was relieved when Skye told me she was done and asked if we could leave.
After a quick stop at L.L. Bean in Freeport we drove back to Saco to have lunch at Rapid Ray’s. Unfortunately, it was closed due to the holiday. Apparently people wanted to celebrate it being the last day of the year.
My date with Skye was wonderful. We talked, skated, and just enjoyed being together. She’s a wonderful young woman, and I’m super stoked to be her dad.