A Magical Night on Ice
Last December, I had the romantic notion that my partner and I should try skating again, even though it had been well over ten years since we’d donned ice skates. I went out, got myself a new pair of comfortable skates and we headed off to Prince’s Island Park for a night skate on the lagoon. Although I was never a great skater, I always enjoyed gliding around the ice, especially outdoors under the stars, so I was very excited, but more than a bit uncertain as to how I would fare.
The night we went out couldn’t have been more ideal. It was a beautiful, calm winter evening—perfect for a night of outdoor skating. We sat on a park bench, laced up our skates and I stepped warily onto the ice, clutching my partner’s arm for dear life until I gained a bit of confidence, which, to my surprise, started to return rather quickly.
The longer we skated, the more we loved it. In fact, we loved it so much that we skated until closing time! Ah, what an enchanted evening it turned out to be: the cold night air was utterly refreshing, we delighted in the magic of all the twinkling lights, we basked in the sound of laughter that danced all around us and, later on, we enjoyed the warm flickering glow and the wood smoke smell of the bonfire as we relaxed with a mug of hot chocolate poured from our thermos. And what could be better than holding hands with my sweetie, skating to Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”, and wailing: Do you remember when… we used to sing… sha… la… la… la… la… la-la-la? It all added up to pure magic. It felt like I was in one of those romantic winter movies. Cue the snowflakes! We ended up having one of the funnest times we’ve had in a long while, coming home feeling a radiant warmth in our hearts and a happy kind of tired in our bodies.
We shot some spontaneous iPhone video clips that night, which didn’t turn out very well (disappointingly grainy and quite shaky in spots due to the extremely low light nighttime conditions). But I decided to cobble together this little video anyway because, for me, it captures a bit of the fun and magical spirit of the evening (not to mention my natural skating talent…ha…ha… though I don’t think I’ll be trying out for the Canadian Olympic Figure Skating team any time soon).
Happy New Year!
We’ll be ringing in the New Year with an early evening skate at Prince’s Island Park, then back home to pour a glass of wine, cook up some homemade pizza and snuggle in to watch a movie. At midnight, we’ll gather up some pots and pans and step outside to ring in the New Year, joining in the clanging and cheers of the neighbourhood.
Wishing all you beautiful people around the globe
a very Happy New Year!
May your 2015 be filled with an abundance of love, laughter,
delight, magic, joy, clarity, prosperity, boundless imagination
and great big dreams.
One Enchanted Evening, by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2013 madlyinlovewithlife
Happy 2015! by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife