Not sure why I love this skate ornament so much.
My history with figure skating holds arguments for me both loving and ... loathing ... things that evoke memories of this "romantic" winter pastime.
On the one hand, I took figure skating lessons when I was a kid.
On an outdoor rink.
Until I was 13.
And I have the badges to prove it ...
On the other hand, I'm not much of a cold weather, outdoors-y person.
On the other hand, if you grow up in Canada with parents who insist that you get fresh air & exercise throughout the year, skating is practically unavoidable.
On the other hand, I actually won a silver medal once. In like a real competition. And I have the medal to prove it ... my one and only piece of sporting hardware.
On the other hand, I never enjoyed skating. More like I hated it. My toes would freeze, my hands would freeze, my face would freeze, my snot would freeze to my scarf, my skates would hurt.
Did I mention it's cold here in the winter?
On the other hand, I'm an amazingly terrible athlete. I'm a non-athlete. Times ten. Times a million. Plus infinity. I'm not even an athletic supporter. So I've never been able to reconcile my skating accomplishments with my total and complete lack of athleticism. Maybe my parents paid someone off.
But on the other hand, at least I know how to skate. No triple axels or flying camels, mind you. I was never even CLOSE to being THAT good. But I can do the basics without falling down.
That's the only way to explain how much I really really love this felt skate ornament.
Or maybe it's just simply the cutest darn ornament ever!