The most recent idea was to go ice skating with the kids and this was one of those occasions I realized I'd just have to throw in the towel and stay home.
I tried ice skating once. It was not a success. My husband and I became in a short half hour dreaded by every attendee on the rink. "Look out the Indians are coming!" was uttered under many a breath as we slipped and slid along the rink. And how we were put to shame by many a self respecting four year old who turned up his and her cherubic snub noses at our flailing arms and our askew legs. We're tropical animals, I wanted to yelp in my defense. That and the fact that I have feet of two distinct sizes which made the skates far too uncomfortable for me made my performance on the rink less than desirable. All right it made my performance downright dangerous to all and sundry. I had begged the attendant for one size 7 and one size 7.5 skate but the unsympathetic cretin looked down her nose at me and refused.
Not once did we try that activity again.
The other wintry sport I tried a few times is skiing. Each time inside an hour I was much afeared by the toddlers who for their part were gaining expertise of the bunny slopes in a matter of minutes. I in turned was afeared of the continuously, ominously spinning rope that took us from down the bunny slope to its top. Often I didn't let go of it in time only to find myself sprawled on the snow, a prisoner of my skis on top of the slope and watched helplessly as the little ones behind me tumbled beside me in a heap and then went crying to mama to rescue them from"that woman". In my defense the long summers and autumns all but obliterated any minor skill I may have built during those rare skiing sojourns.
Needless to say I gave up on that activity too. There was no sense in participating in such things until I could finagle an ice rink or a bunny slope all to myself. Yeah right. Good luck with that.
And so I watch with amusement and bemusement as the natives take such joy in their seasonal cultural pastimes.
Should talk of hikes or canoe rides or beach trips start trickling in, I shall participate with much enthusiasm.
But until then, I shall stay safe and more importantly keep others safe watching from the sidelines.