At first she as a little confused:
"The one with the two planks and the two sticks?"
"Nope. That's skiing."
"The one that Uncle James does?!!??!"
"No! That's snowboarding. Skating is on ice. You wear special shoes and glide on the ice."
"What's glide? On ice? On purpose?! You always say don't walk on the ice...."
But she soon got the hang of it.
Her sister was less impressed:
"It's cold. And it's hard. And I don't like those shoes..."
But then she realised that your skates draw lines on the ice when you move and she loves drawing so she thought she'd give those weird shoes a go after all.
Meanwhile the little girl was having her first skating class. It was pretty tricky, hard to concentrate with all those cool speed skaters racing past and a bit disappointing the triple axel wasn't on the curriculum but other than that she had a blast.
The teacher certainly succeeded in instilling lots of confidence. She decided to skate over and say hi to mummy.
A little too much confidence even...
It all looked so much fun the little girl's mummy even took a class.*
* Please note she's on one foot there!
By the end of two hours the little girl, her mum* and even her little sister were standing up on ice- and smiling!
*Yes, her mum is probably the only adult in the known universe who wears a helmet for beginners skating but if you knew her staggering lack of co-ordination and its related osteopathic history you'd concur that it is advisable.
The little girl was smiling biggest of all- she was hooked-
and already planning on trying speed skating next time...