Rose Program Redux

by Mary on March 30, 2017


Last Saturday I had my first skating performance in a year, also the first performance of my rose program in two years. I skated exhibition at my home rink on my dad’s birthday weekend. It felt good to be out there, and I’m happy with how it went despite one awkward fall.

Coach Lisa likes me to have three goals for each performance. My first goal was to enjoy being out there and being able to skate, which I did. Ty and Lisa had changed the beginning and ending choreography, and my other goals were to do those reworked sections correctly. Simple goals! And I met them.

So I’ll take it despite that fall (on loop, my favorite jump!). At least my rose didn’t snap in half as it had in practice on two days last week. It could have easily happened with the fall and would have been truly awkward (though I do have a plan for that contingency).

Maybe there was a reason I got a clerk at the floral department who took half an hour painstakingly wiring my rose, by far the longest anyone has spent on that task. She was very concerned that it stay in one piece. I’m glad she looked out for me. The kindness of strangers is real, and vital to getting through life with any grace.

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Eva March 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Beautiful skate, Mary! I can tell how much you enjoy performing this program and how much it means to you. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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Mary March 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

I appreciate you taking the time to watch and give feedback, Eva. I’m glad that it could make you feel something.


George A. March 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Mary: I’m amazed that you can skate your program so soon after surgery and recovery. Great job!


Mary March 31, 2017 at 1:55 am

Thank you George! It has been amazing to see how fast the strength has come back, I’m very pleased. I think the muscle must have remained underlyingly strong but was just not able to work because of the nerve problem. Once the nerve started to heal the strength was there!


Melissa March 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm

That was so moving! I wish I could be half as smooth on the ice as you are. It’s amazing that you’ve recovered your skills so quickly after major surgery. Welcome back to performing!


Mary April 2, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Melissa! I’m very pleased that my skills seem to be there about as well as they were! Though I haven’t tried any jump harder than loop.


Jo March 30, 2017 at 10:26 pm

So excited to see you skate, Mary! You look poised and strong. I like those fluid transitions. What a great comeback program! Skating is fun, but sharing your skating with others is meaningful in a whole different way. Could really feel the love out there–thanks for sharing this with us.
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Mary April 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Thanks Jo! It felt good. Definitely the friendliest crowd I could get, my own rink. I do like skating programs to music, I feel like it’s the ultimate purpose for learning all those skating skills.


Marcia March 31, 2017 at 2:07 am

It’s so great to see you skating again, Mary and you know how much I love this program. Well done!
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Mary April 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Thanks, Marcia!


Laurie Arndt April 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

Cried. Happy tears.


Mary April 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Aw, you’re sweet. Glad you’re in my corner.


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