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23 February, 2016

There’s a First Time for Everything

 We took Kieran ice-skating for the first time yesterday, and it prompted this memory of my first experience 10 years ago. This post first appeared on Callaloo Soup in 2006.
And last night was the first time I went ice skating. Since we’re broke, we planned to have a low key Valentine’s day, especially since our anniversary is in two weeks. I’ve been wanting to go ice skating for the last two years, all part of my plan to become one with winter (yeah right), and I brought it up again last week as the perfect cheap thing to do for Valentines.

Well it was awesome! I didn’t even fall (I almost did when some young kid whizzed by without looking and almost knocked me over, but I didn’t fall!). I thank my roller skating and roller blading days for this, it seems that I still have a good sense of balance. It took me quite a few trips around the rink before I let go of Lucas’ hand though. Anyway I am totally pumped and we plan to go more often (like next week!), since the rink is only 10 minutes away from us (and did I mention it’s a cheap date?).

I love when I discover new stuff like this, especially new stuff that I’m good at. It would have sucked big time if I had spent my Valentine’s evening falling on my butt on cold hard ice (which is exactly what Lucas thought would happen, but I showed him! HA!)

That got me thinking about some things I’ve done for the first time in the last year:

  • Had 2 root canals (I don’t advise this)
  • Celebrated our first wedding anniversary (highly recommended!)
  • Spent a weekend in Barcelona (you gotta go)
  • Worked in a call center (the root canals were more fun)
  • Turned 37 (ack!)
  • Acted in a French play (do this at least once)
  • Visited the lavender fields in Provence (a must see)
  • Attended a French wedding (apart from mine)
  • Had roast corn on Grand Anse beach with my husband
  • Toured a rum distillery (yeah mon)
  • Saw Scarlet Ibisis (not in Trinidad unfortunately)
  • Visited Martinique (sa ka fet?)
  • and of course ice skating

I’m sure there are others and they will come to me later, but the point is that there is so much out there to do, see, and experience! Some of it little things, and some of it huge. Some exciting and others painful. And it doesn’t matter where you live, the important thing is to get out there and live life and grasp those opportunities that come your way. Because they are all a part of what makes us what we are.

What have you done for the first time lately?

Francine