As part of my Lenten discipline I started growing a beard (actually I started a few weeks ago to give myself a head start). Now this may seem like this post is going in another direction but just wait a minute. This morning at church someone asked me if I was growing a beard because of the weather. I never thought about that, something clicked in my brain to triggering a yes. Yes, whatever it takes to keep warm I replied. This was another sign that I am at the right church, they interpret my poor attempt at a beard as an attempt to keep warm. Man I love these people!
So I am now growing a beard in my effort to embrace the cold!
Today I took another large step towards embracing the cold by lacing up and going ice skating. I have never ice skated before; I have only roller skated three times in my life. But I thought there is a free ice rink and skates within two blocks of my house; winter aint going anywhere, it is time to learn. I prepped myself by doing what everyone else does before they start something new: I viewed some clips on youtube. The clips were helpful, kind of.
I laced up the skates and wobbled to the rink. I stood on the snow for at least 15 minutes before I shoved off on my maiden voyage on the frozen seas. It was a terrifying experience, I made it back and forth a couple of times and then headed into the warming room. I wanted so bad to yell, I'm Skating but I was sure as soon as I did I would fall and bust my head open. In my mind I kept the following clip from What About Bob to keep me going.
The next time you see a slightly bearded near 40 year old wobbling on the ice be sure and whisper a friendly Ahoy there. Forewarned though, I'll be out there quite a bit the next couple of weeks; I am a quick learner!