At age 3, Lewie went roller skating for the very first time. We were so excited to introduce him to Roller Magic because it was the skate rink that both Lew and I went to as kids. I had roller skating birthday parties there at ages 9 and 10, and Lew went there faithfully every weekend until he was a teenager. If there wasn't a five year difference between us, we often joke that our romance would have first started at Roller Magic as kids.
When we took Lewie at 3, we quickly learned he was still too young. He seemed to like the music, but he was a little scared of all the people on the rink. I was even scared of all the people on the rink! With lots of bad skaters, sooner or later, someone would get into a collision with us. We attempted to go back when Lewie turned 4 and again at age 5.
In January 2015 (when Lewie was six), I saw flyers at Roller Magic advertising their Saturday morning skating lessons. For just $15 per session, Little Lewie could have a private lesson and have the entire rink to himself! It was a no-brainer; I scheduled our first lesson, and we've been back ever since.
Lewie loves his teacher, Ms. Christine, and he loves the individual lessons. When he first started, he clutched her hand in fear of falling and moved slower than molasses. Now, almost two years later, he's skating confidently and slowly learning how to do tricks like "scissors" and skating backwards. He's been taking his time (my son is non-competitive and likes to do everything at his own "slower" pace), but he's learning. (Pretty soon, I want to go for lessons, too, so I can practice skating backwards.)
I'm still searching for Lewie's first video at roller skating lessons; it's fun to see the progress. Even when Little Lewie was first born, I often dreamed of an opportunity to take him skating. Now we're looking forward to many family skate nights (especially in the summer when the rink is a little less crowded)! We're so glad that good ole Roller Magic is around for another generation.