Last year we had friends of ours bring over ice skates for all of the muppets. At the time it seemed like a good idea to put them all in skating lessons but like all good ideas it some how got lost on the long list of all the things we want to for our children and the list of things that our children want to do. The latest obsession with hockey in my household has only gotten worse. The oldest muppet is constantly watching highlights of the games and changes his favourite team as much as he changes his underwear. So when I mentioned that we would be going ice skating for a friends birthday this weekend the muppets were a little excited!
We arrived at the rink which is in one of the malls in Doha, we were early and the oldest muppet was talking about how he knew everything about skating. He was saying that he was going to skate like a goalie and up the ice like a really hockey player. It was at that moment that I felt the need to remind him that he had never skated before in his life. He shrugged his shoulders saying he had skated with his crocs before and that it wouldn’t be any different. I broke out in to hysterics which I knew I shouldn’t do and told him flat out that just because he was born a Canadian doesn’t mean he was born knowing how to skate, so he needed to wrap his head around the fact that he was going to fall over and it is going to be hard for a while until he get the hang of it!!”
As I tied the three muppets skates I had a flash back to my father doing up my figure skates when I was about the oldest muppets age. In Canada learning to skate is a life skill like walking or running. There were not that many children who were over the age of six living in Canada that had never been on the ice. The oldest went on the ice first with his plastic seal for balance, the middle one followed and I watched over the boards as I tied the youngest skates up. They were wobbling around on the slick ice but getting the hang of it. I got my skates done up and realized that it had been over 8 years since I had skates on my feet and was a little nervous about getting in the ice. The youngest guy was totally unsure about the situation and decided his best bet was going to be sitting on the seal while I pushed him around and I was not upset at all about this because it allowed me to get my skating legs back in order.
I watched the middle and oldest muppet skate around, fall, get back up and try again. The oldest spouted off all of his knowledge about the lines on the ice, the goal crease and where they did the face off for the hockey teams. He said to me, “Skating is fun Mum” I told him I thought so too but it was kinda tricky until you got the hang of it “Tricky!!?” he said “It is really hard!!!” he was happy and the smile on his face made me laugh, he was thrilled by the challenge. The middle guy was the same and skated by me multiple times totally whipping out and getting up again laughing, when I said it was going to be time to go soon the two older muppets complained and told me that they wanted to stay out there all day! By the end of the party I had to drag the oldest off the ice, he was begging me to tell him when we could come back. “Tomorrow, tomorrow we don’t have school, we can spend the day here!” my truly Canadian child. It makes me wish just for a second that it would be cold enough here so that I could flood our back garden then he could skate until his legs didn’t work any more!
A new and fabulous skill for the muppets to master, lord knows I can’t have them growing up Canadian with out knowing how to skate!