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Free Skate

January 4, 2009

Every winter, Harvard Law School sets up a tiny, free ice rink on an old volleyball court behind the law library.  Two bed-sized bins beside the rink hold dozens of pairs of figure and racing skates, ripe for the borrowing.  Unencumbered by anything resembling pride or shame, Lea, Jonah and I jerked, wobbled, and skidded like true champions until thoroughly and happily exhausted.

Ice skating is by no means in my blood, but that’s one of the reasons I love the (rare) opportunity to do it.  It makes me feel like a child learning to walk.  I’m so delighted by the sheer novelty of the movement, the foreignness and faint danger, and the potential — always enticing, seldom realized — for graceful speed, that I never worry about the fact that I look foolish.  I just smile and laugh a lot.  Of course, good-natured company helps, too.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2009 11:53 am

    From the looks of that first picture, I’d say you guys are pros.

    I’m coming Boston way Thursday through Monday… I hope I pass you by and linger a little too ;)


  2. January 5, 2009 10:49 am

    Damn, I’ll be on the west coast when you’re in Boston! Sadness. But I hope you have a great trip — let me know how it goes!

  3. ei powell permalink
    January 5, 2009 11:25 am

    that looks like so much fun!

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