For about 3 years, I’ve been hoping to do something fun and unrelated directly to music with students during the summer. We landed on the idea of “Skate World”, a great venue in Gresham that has been around since long before I was the age of my youngest students. The website can be found here (http://greshamskateworld.com/).
Three studio families were able to make it = a total of four students, two friends, a younger sibling, and three moms. One of their moms skated with us, and I was excited to join them! :) At first, the experience was wobbly and precarious – I have my fair share of bruises on my knees and aches everywhere, but I would go there again at the first opportunity! For two of the four available session hours, minus a few very short breaks, we skated and skated and skated. The song I most enjoyed was “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. Something special happens in one’s mood (though I was already thoroughly enjoying it) when that tune comes through the speakers & you can feel the breeze of the air as you skate around the corners – trying to go as fast as possible without falling over or getting tangled in the skate wheels.
The facility seemed cleaner than I remember as a child, though not much lighter. The sound system needs some major overhauling – red light, green light was a bit difficult considering we basically all had to just go based on what the others were doing who might have more perceptible hearing for the situation. But we all received a prize and that was fun. :)
At first, I seriously doubted whether I was ready or too old to skate. I’m very thankful one of my student’s moms was excited to skate too – and they blessed me with the purchase of my ticket! Apparently, Skate World has coupons often – and right now, they are having a great “buy one, get one” discount – info can be found on their home page. Thank you, Caelyn’s mom for mentioning the discount, and thank you, Kaitlyn’s mom for working it out! I’m excited Kosta & Makenna’s mom could come and brought their younger sister along. Caelyn & Kaitlyn brought friends – who seemed to enjoy their time as well, and they were great additions to the afternoon’s fun.
We had a great time, and I hope to make this an annual tradition – if not more often. Did I mention it was a super fun way to get some exercise? I think I just need to give a little time for the bruises & blisters to recover – but in the meantime, here are some fun photos of our FIRST non-music studio activity! :)