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.