To the editor:
Over the holidays I went skating with my family at the outdoor rink downtown. What a gem!
We went on Christmas Eve for the first time and the kids loved it so much, we went four more times before New Year’s eve.
We saw people of all ages skating with the biggest smiles on their faces. Grandparents were standing on the edges with cameras, capturing memories of their grandchildren learning how to skate.
Fathers with grown boys, probably home from university, skating on Christmas day together.
Little kids skating for the first time, falling and laughing.
The music was playing, the outdoor lights twinkling and the smell of waffles and hot chocolate floated in the air.
I found myself thinking back to when I was growing up in Kelowna in the 1980s, when my brothers and I would walk down the road to a pond and shovel it off and skate with friends.
Now, with housing developments and the warmer climate in winters, I thought my kids wouldn’t have those winter memories of growing up here.
I was smiling as I was skating with them because I could see that there were a lot of winter memories being made at the downtown rink!