Athens, OH 11 December 2017 –
My family has always had a love for ice skating. It is one of our favorite things to do, especially during winter. I have many great skating memories:
- When I was two, my parents put me in beginner skating lessons at the local arena.
- They were the designated chaperones when my friends and I would go skating in junior high school and they had instructed my nervous, wall-hugging friends on skating basics such as bending your knees and leaning forward as you push off.
- At home in western Pennsylvania after my first semester of college, my dad and I went ice skating at Market Square in Pittsburgh and we won two tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
To me, ice skating is synonymous with wonderful times spent with family and friends. Ergo, nothing cures homesickness for me quite like taking a few laps around Bird Arena during an open skate. Feeling the cold air brush past my face reminds me of playing ice tag with my elementary school friends. My mom and dad’s gentle instructions enter my thoughts as I push off the cold, solid ice.
As an out-of-state student, I don’t go home very often, which means I still get homesick from time to time. However, sites like Bird Arena on campus replace that longing feeling with happy memories and something to look forward to the next time my family is together.