It hit 70 degrees today, but the seasonal rink is here for only a short time, so people are skating.
Many appear to be trying this for the first time. The most confident are kids, with their low centers of gravity. They’re also the most resilient when they fall.
The ones with the biggest grins are pairs (couples, father and daughter, father and son), making circle after circle holding hands, steadying each other as they move forward.
Attentiveness is required, to notice who’s ahead and going slower, or drifting sideways, or maybe about to stop abruptly. There’s a kind of halting grace in weaving through and around obstacles and trying not to be a stumbling block yourself. When people look out for each other, there are surprisingly few collisions.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.”