I treated myself to a little winter yesterday, and it felt cool and sweet, like a fat snowflake on a stuck-out tongue.
The whole thing happened spontaneously, as I walked home from work and realized our blustery winter had turned beautiful.
I’d heard that Appleton had added an ice rink, to make up for the two currently under construction, and I wanted to check it out. So, I dug out my old skates and headed over.
The late afternoon sun lit the Pierce Park Pavilion perfectly and, for a moment or two, I stood and watched a young hockey player skate laps around the cool indoor/outdoor rink.
“How’s the ice?” I asked as I hurried to lace up my skates, anxious to jump on.
“Not bad,” he said. “But I wish I’d brought my shovel to clear it off.”
We had the whole rink to ourselves, the hockey player and I, and we shared it politely. He aimed his shots away from me, and I held to the outside lane, skating laps with increasing glee.
I turned my face toward the sun and watched its shadows stretch across the ice. With its regal row of arches, the pavilion began to look a little like Stonehenge, which seemed appropriate for the Solstice Eve.
Today marks the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. There are plenty of cool winter activities I’ve yet to get to this year. I’m looking forward to snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, sled riding, and walking in a winter wonderland.
And, I’m definitely going skating again.
How are you planning to celebrate this winter?