When I was younger, I used to love winter in Canada. Full of tobogganing, figure skating, building snowmen, and making snow forts, it was quite possibly my favourite season. Somewhere in my teens I lost my love of winter, and found that when you’re too old to make snowmen, the season just isn’t as fun. Here in Canada, we get snow from about the end of November until the end of March/beginning of April. It’s a long winter, but some years we get lucky and only have a few major snowstorms. This year we’ve got more snow than previous years, and I’ve actually rediscovered my love of winter (minus the driving in bad weather part). I’ve realized that winter is such a huge part of our year here, that there’s no use in grumbling and complaining about it. Instead, we’ve really embraced winter this year, and all of the activities that a Canadian winter has to offer.
On the weekend, Gabriel and I went ice-skating in Niagara Falls. They have “The Rink at the Brink” set up, which is basically an ice rink situated right at the brink of the Falls. It’s beautiful, and this year it’s completely open (in previous years there has been a tent-structure over it). I haven’t ice-skated since I was 13, and although I used to competitively figure-skate when I was younger, I was pretty sure I was going to fall a million times. Gabriel has only ever skated once in his life, when he was 7 years old. Luckily there were only two other people on the ice, so we had lots of room to tentatively skate around.
After a few times around gripping onto the boards for dear life, I managed to break-free and eventually picked it up easily. It was like riding a bike. Gabriel did great too, and was much better at staying on his feet than I would’ve anticipated for a first-time skater. It was so beautiful to skate on a sunny (but freeeezing cold) day, as we watched rainbows appear, disappear, and reappear over the icy Falls. We’re looking forward to going back to the Rink at the Brink soon to improve our skating!
I’ve been battling bronchitis for the past week, and was so glad to actually get out of the house and do some activities this weekend. I hope you all had a fun weekend!