I loved roller skating when I was a girl. I had a pair of white leather roller skates with long white laces and wooden wheels. I don’t know what happened to all my Brooklyn buddies that I used to skate with, wouldn’t I love to meet up with them again. One name stands out though, Gloria. I’ll never forget her. Gloria did not love me and showed how much by burning a hole in the leather boot of my skates. I never did find out why. I didn’t retaliate because Mama said I had to always be nice to everyone. So I was nice to her. She didn’t know I knew it was her, my skates were on the bench and I had to get something, so I wasn’t there when it happened, but I have an image in my mind of her holding her cigarette to my boot.

How come she was smoking? I didn’t smoke, I tried, but it gave me a tummy ache. All my friends were smokers, I felt left out. Wasn’t I blessed not to be able to smoke?

And oh my, I sure loved those skates. I danced my heart out to the live organ music. I had lots of talented partners. I especially loved to skate backward until my partner spun me around or he went backward. It was beautiful. The speed made it feel like you were flying.

Those precious skates with the hole in the boot stayed with me until they got moldy in a move. I had another pair and recently found them in a box in my basement. Unfortunately, they have urethane wheels, which is good for skating on the sidewalk, or pavement  –  not in a roller rink. For that, you need wooden wheels. So I’m going to track down a pair and switch them out.

I’ll keep you posted.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.


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