Life soon became even busier with new challenges, such as learning to fly a plane, full time college and lots of time on the job, meeting my life partner, more college, becoming a professional educator, and marriage. How joyous to suddenly find myself, amidst all the busy joys, enjoying a quiet week of being snowed in. There was suddenly space for reading The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and to break out my ice skates. Atop a foot of snow lay inches of thick ice. And you know what I did with that ice. I pulled out my beautiful skates and flew up and down the street, through the field, over anything I pleased. What an incredible reprieve from my working days. That was one of my favorite vacations ever.
And now as a mother of two young children, you'll find me silently praying on these cold winter mornings that our yard will become covered with thick ice so I may pull out my skates once again. May I teach them by example to follow their passions and find joy in these simple pleasures. May my children see my whole body and soul lighten and brighten as I tie on these skates and take flight. Again.