While admittedly there are myriad benefits to being a grown up (earning my own money, driving my own car, going to bed when I like – i.e. as early as possible), there’s also a lot of sorting laundry, school runs, cooking, cleaning and general admin. At times, it can be hard to feel like life is really FUN!
When I cast my mind back to the most fun things about being a kid, most of them involve being propelled at high speed – rollercoaster rides, freewheeling down a hill on a bike, going so high on a swing you just might go over the top (that was always the dream).
Now if, like me, you were raised in the 80s, there’s a good chance you were a kid on wheels. Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, bicycles, we just couldn’t get enough of having our own transport back then. We could get to places faster and look way cool while we were doing it!
For one of my childhood birthdays – I’ve discussed it with my mum, and we think probably my eighth or ninth – we celebrated by attending the local roller disco. For the uninitiated, this involved wheeling at speed around the leisure centre sports hall to loud music and flashing lights. It was pretty much the most fun it was possible to have in the days when there were still only four TV channels. Round and round we went, gathering speed as we gathered confidence. Long lines would form, as kids grabbed each other’s hands, wiping out entire family groups as we went. Like I said. Fun.
The closest most people can get these days are the ice rinks that pop up all over the place at this time of year, but ice skating is an inferior pastime and I’ll tell you why. Firstly, it’s seasonal. Seriously, how many people are ice skating in May? There’s no point getting good at something and then having to wait ten months before you can show off your mad skills again. Second, it’s cold. If you fall down, you’re getting wet and at serious risk of losing a fingertip to someone else’s toe rake. Finally, that single blade is an ankle killer. Unless you have ankles that would make Arnie proud, you’re going home with aching legs.
Roller skating, on the other hand, is universal. You can skate on any smooth surface at any time of year and the quad wheels offer superior stability to their bladed cousins. And you’ll have to excuse me, but I’m going to be a puritan about this, quad skates over roller blades every day of the week!
Unwrapping these Rookie Forever Rainbow V2 quad roller skates I was overtaken by youthful glee. From the hot pink wheels to the rainbow laces, these roller boots are all about the fun. The trainer-style shoes are comfortable and not too rigid, while offering good ankle support and the sizing is true. A small health warning though, roller skating is not like riding a bike. Rolling across my kitchen floor I totally forgot how to stop (toe down, there’s a nice big stopper on the front) and went crashing into a book case. It didn’t take long to get back on form though. I even managed to make slow progress teaching myself to skate backwards (thank you YouTube).
So where do I go from here? Well, I’ve ordered my daughter a pair for Christmas, located my nearest roller disco and can’t wait to don my leg warmers, tighten my laces and get down and boogie.