I’ve gotten back to skating in the last month or two, managing to go about every week or so. There are two rinks here, both a bit of a drive.  Gresham Skate World is an older rink, probably built in the 70s or 80s and it has that weird stone coating on the outside that all rinks of that era seem to have. Inside, the rink is lime green with that dark roller rink carpet and the little snack bar with hot dogs and the like. It’s a nice little rink with decent prices (especially with their summer 10 for $10 punch card) and lots of sessions.  It is reminiscent of my now defunct hometown rink, Roller Odyssey. The other rink is at Oaks Amusement Park.  It’s a little pricier, but the cost fits the experience. The rink is hand-pieced hardwood from the early 1900s and has a Wurlitzer pipe organ suspended above the rink, which was installed in the 50s.  I happened to attend on a night with organ music, which is a unique experience. There were people skating waltzes and little kids just trying to keep their feet under them. On the sidelines, an older gentleman swayed and bobbed with songs remembered from his youth.  Everyone, no matter age or background, was having a great time.

All this is to say that the other day, I had my skates out. I had ordered new insoles for them and was putting them in. Rex got really interested in my skates and even tried to wear them. I took his interest and ran with it. We packed up and rushed down to the Gresham rink, where they had clip-on skates in his size (they don’t make roller skates small enough for him yet). He made it over halfway around the big rink, holding my hands, and only fell once. He’s almost fearless on carpet. Needless to say, I ordered him his own set of clip on skates when we got home. If my boy wants to skate, I’ll make it happen.

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For over 20 minutes, he wandered around the house in skates like it was no big deal. He can get up off the floor on his own and doesn’t seem to care if he falls.  He’s wearing the Fisher Price Grow-With-Me 123 Skates. They’re currently in the “Stage 1” position which locks the front wheels, allowing him to walk instead of roll.  As he gets more confident, we’ll change to the different stages.  As his feet grow, you can lengthen the skates to accommodate shoe sizes up to a toddler 12. At that point, he’ll be more than big enough for regular skates.

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On a side note, I’m looking into new skates. I love my Riedell R3s, but my feet grew enough with pregnancy that they’re just too snug. Because they’re not a real leather, I doubt I can have them stretched.  I changed the way they’re laced, which gave me a bit more room in the toes, but it’s just not enough.  I’m considering a different style of Riedell, but I haven’t decided yet. Anyone have a favorite wide skate boot that they’d recommend?


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