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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ABC Wednesday - I is for Ice Rink

Humble thanks to David over at authorblog for recognizing this as Post of the Day.

Kerrisdale Arena had long been the spot where my sisters and I had ice-skated since our early teens. Before we received real figure skates for Christmas one year, we'd rent our skates and wobble around trying to look like Barbara Ann Scott or whoever was the current Olympic champion.
In 1969, I had just turned 22 years old and my girlfriends and I would faithfully show up every Tuesday and Friday night for "Adults Only" skating.
One night I was wearing a cherry red sweater with tight pants and, with my long flowing dark hair, caught the eye of a certain hockey player. We ended up dating for over three years and even talked of getting married one day. However, as things happen, we drifted apart and each married someone else. Neither of our marriages were good ones - he got divorced, I was widowed.
Fast forward 40 years and guess who's together again? And this time we ARE getting married! Not sure when yet. But who would have ever guessed that after all these years, we still (or maybe it's "again") love each other?
And it all started in an ice rink.
I have to add that both my daughters took figure skating lessons and one of the older one's first competitions was at Kerrisdale Arena. I'll never forget how sweet she looked (at age 8) in the dark blue lace skating dress I made for her as she skated to music from "The Nutcracker." I'll never forget the lump of emotion and pride I felt throughout her performance. Now If I can only find the old tape made of that performance and have it put on a DVD.

29 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow ...Amazing ...Married...so fantastic, I bet you are over the moon!!! Congratulations :-)

Maggie May said...

Thats brilliant news. Congratulations.
Lovely ice rink too!

Sylvia K said...

What wonderful news to share! Congratulations! And it is a great looking ice rink!

RuneE said...

Congratulation, both with the up-coming marriage and with the most romantic post for quite a while!

Mara said...

That is such a sweet story! And all thanks to some hard water and some metal thingies under your feet...

Petrus said...

Yes many congratulations and all happiness together..

Reader Wil said...

What a lovely story, with a happy end! Is this the man you met around Xmas? Congratulations!

Elaine Dale said...

This is a wonderful post. Romance at an ice rink, ah yes....

photowannabe said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful news with us. Its just never too late for happiness. Thrilled for you.

Andrée said...

Congratulations! I love stories like this.

Life with Kaishon said...

You are getting married? So exciting! What a beautiful story! I love it. Magical for sure!

Suzanne said...

How wonderful and congratulations to both of you. You have a beautiful love story to tell.

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Leslie, what wonderful news. Congratualtions to you both. I've a great big smile after reading this post.

Care and huggles to you from Wellington.

Tumblewords: said...

Exciting! I must learn to ice skate! :) Nice post!

nancygrayce said...

Congratulations! I always felt marriage would happen for you....but what about some pictures of the lucky guy! Maybe of the two of you together! I'm just so happy for you!

nancygrayce said...

Congratulations! I always felt marriage would happen for you....but what about some pictures of the lucky guy! Maybe of the two of you together! I'm just so happy for you!

Liz said...

That is just a perfect 'I' tale!

Grace and Bradley said...

Congratulation, what a love story and it all started at the Ice Rink.

jay said...

What a sweet story! And it all began in the ice!

Miss_Yves said...

Happy to see you again: congratulations ! Great new and great choice !

Ramblings From Spain said...

Ooh, ice skating - cold, a bit dangerous but fun! Loved your story too x

david mcmahon said...

Touched my heart, Leslie. Sometimes we never know what life is going to offer us.

Warmest wishes to you both from a traveller who is still overwhelmed that you saw fit to travel all the way to YVR airport to meet me for breakfast.

That kindness will never be forgotten ....

Smalltown RN said...

Leslie....as you know I haven't been blogging very much lately...but what a wonderful surprise to come to your blog and read about you getting married....what a wonderful story...I guess some things are just meant to be....I am so happy that the two of you found each other again.....big hugs...and I am also glad your healing is coming along....

it would be wonderful to see you when you come in the summer....I will be working a lot to make up for lost time...so I hope you visit to the island coincides with my days off.....

cheers

Merisi said...

Congratulations and my very best wishes for a happy life together!

Congratulations also on David's Authorblog POD award! :-)

Jewels said...

Sigh. A true Canadian Love Story. Hockey and romance in the same post! Does it get any better than that?

introspection said...

Over from David's POTD. Beautiful, romantic story. Congratulations to you on your ensuing wedding, and for winning POTD. Well desrved choice, I am glad I am here.
Thanks for sharing your love story.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a fabulous story...with the happiest of endings! So thrilled for you! Congrats on POTD! It's so well-deserved!

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