Skating Lessons

photo by Gloria Palazzo

Skating Lessons

Bazooka or Double Bubble
the biggest decision I had to make that June,
my mentor was the girl six years my senior
who lived two houses away.
Brown braids and freckles,
her calm made order out of mayhem,
her smile resolving daily skinned knees and bruises.
A skate key on a cord around her neck—
always dependable,
like some preteen utilitarian angel.

I skated through July,
hanging my last
in a long line
of replacement skate keys
securely around my neck
from my dad’s old compass cord,

knowing by some prescience
far beyond my years
that mentors, like meteors,
streak by quickly and are soon out of sight.

 

And…..remember this song very pertinent to the topic at hand?

Prompt words are mentor, compass, mayhem and bazooka.
https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/rdp-wednesday-mentor/
https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/your-daily-word-prompt-mayhem-may-1-2019/
https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/bazooka/
https://fivedotoh.com/2019/05/01/fowc-with-fandango-compass/

15 thoughts on “Skating Lessons

  1. Dorianna Ric (paint-it-poetry)

    Oh, I have memories of roller skating some not as fond as others. Living in the city, we would skate in the neighborhood streets and have to quickly make way to the curb when oncoming traffic approached. One such time I did not stop in time, hit the curb too fast and went down trying to catch myself with my palm and broke my wrist. In spite of the accident, I did so love roller skating and most memories are fond.

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  2. slmret

    My goodness — I haven’t seen skates like that, or a skate key, for SO many years! Living half way up a very steep hill made wheels awkward for kids, but I have good memories of skating on the flat — downtown, or at the rink, etc. We had no ice, so it was always roller skates, and we even had roller skating b’day parties!

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      1. slmret

        That would make it difficult –sad that the little ones won’t have that experience as they try to become independent. We used to skate to neighbors homes, with mom watching over us!

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  3. Noreen Klupsch

    What wonderful memories those great old skates bring back from our childhood! Thanks for reminding us! Hugs, Noreen 💝

    On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 4:51 PM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: “photo by Gloria Palazzo Skating Lessons Bazooka or > Double Bubble the biggest decision I had to make that June, my mentor was > the girl six years my senior who lived two houses away. Brown braids and > freckles, her calm made order out of mayhem, her ” >

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