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?


  • Jenn @ HomebyJenn

    How much fun! I have never been ice skating. I use to roller skate as a kid but I never tried ice skating. Looks like you had a wonderful year filled with first time things. Most looked like wonderful memories and a few not so great. That is what living is about, right? For me I started blogging this year, and quit my day job. Big changes in store I am spending 2016 out of my comfort zone and trying to grow more. Good luck to you and more first time memories!! xoxo

    • Those are some big changes indeed! Good luck to you on this journey!

  • Candy Kage

    I suck at ice skating. We went to San Francisco for the first time and saw the sights. Family trip so made it very special.

    • That sounds lovely. San Francisco is one of my dream destinations.

  • Oh I’d love to ice skate but I could be a danger on ice. I recently dyed my hair a very light shade for the first time. Kind of daring but I’m enjoying it.

    • Tee he, I’m a danger too, so I stayed in the kiddie section this time.

      I keep wanting to dye my hair a vibrant auburn. Hmmm

  • Kellie MacMillan

    Become one with winter. ha,ha Francine, I almost left your site. Te,he. What a great list but I laughed really hard when I read that you worked at a call centre ( I thought , ‘must have been to pay for those root canals’) and then you said the root canals were more fun. I’m not sure why this cause me to laugh so much.
    My ‘FIRST’ list was go to Paris. We were there during the Paris attacks and although it was a horrible event, I truly loved, loved Paris.
    Kellie from Princess & The Yard Ape

    • LOL it all made me laugh too to re-read this. I need to dig my sense of humour back out for my blog posts 🙂 Man, that call center job, sigh. Worst job ever for an introvert.

      Oh man about Paris 🙁 That was a pretty horrifying time for us. I’m glad it didn’t stop you from enjoying it. You have to let me know when you’ll be back next.

  • Jess Arnold

    This is great! I actually hadn’t even thought about all the new things I’ve been doing lately. And they’re big! I moved out of my home state for the first time! I bought my first NEW car. Went to New York. Went on a cruise and saw Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands. Saw a broadway show. Wow! I forgot how much happened recently.

    • Wow! It’s been an amazing time for you! Did you enjoy the cruise? I’m from the Caribbean originally 🙂