Day 14 ~ 200 Words

Maybe this little vignette will cool you off this hot summer: I call it ~ “Close to Grace” ~

Pond Hockey Tournament, Rawden Creek, Stirling...

Pond Hockey Tournament, Rawden Creek, Stirling Ontario_4195 (Photo credit: Bobolink)

The whole pond was mine for the taking.  But it was not an easy taking. It was not close by and there were no sidewalks or trails to take me there. It took a rugged trip through furrowed fields, clambering over fences, jumping across a wide stream, and running down a small hill to get to the frozen pond. But it was a trip worth taking.

Every year, during the Christmas holidays, my sister and I would bundle up, and with our skates tied together in a loose knot and thrown over our shoulders, we would make our way to “our pond”.

Sometimes the pond  was smooth and clean and the skating easy. Sometimes the pond was snow-covered and bumpy—but we didn’t care. We had fun no matter the condition. And when we got bored with skating around the pond, we would venture into the tiny forest that bordered it.  Holding onto the slender trees, we would skate in and around them—sometimes imagining them as partners in our ice dance. It was as close to grace as I would ever get.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the 2010 World ...

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the time I was 16, the pond had lost its magic for me.  I still have the skates though, purchased when my mom thought my feet were still growing. If I donned them today, I am sure the dreams of decades ago would still resonate and grace would be mine again.

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