Our Skate Family
“We don’t skate because it’s fun. You can “fun” almost anywhere.
Ask any skater, most of us hate it. The floor is rarely clean: gum, dirt, and debris will stop you in the middle of a serious groove. The DJ plays stupid songs that clear the floor and explains it was a special request, the speakers are blown every other session, the DJ will never play YOUR request until after you’ve removed your skates, those outside of skate world don’t understand why you go to the rink 4 times a week, twice a day on the weekends, and most definitely on major holidays cause that’s when all the OG’s come out from retirement, rink managers cancel sessions that fit your schedule perfectly, and non-rollers won’t stay off the purple wall.
But a real roller, someone with REAL ties to the wood, the kind of ties that anchor you like family does, couldn’t imagine life without skating. It’s not LIKE family is it family. It’s road trips to out of town skate parties, it’s breakfast in the wee hours of the morning after adult night, it’s game nights and kick backs, it’s support on and off the floor, it’s meeting the family and knowing skate names and forgetting the real ones, it’s sharing secrets, hospital visits, and cake smashed into faces, and it’s all day texts the next work day after staying up until 2am rolling with your home girls and everyone is tired and needs the other to help keep them up at work and then it’s the memories that are shared in those text messages.
It’s a part of them. The love/hate relationship is how we live in a hard and coarse world. Learning a new step, breaking in new skates, and loving each other only how family loves, is how we BREAK from life. The people we fellowship with, the bonds we create, the love we share makes us family enough. We are Skate Family. We are Lovelogical. DNA NOT REQUIRED!
Shaneice Robinson – Indianapolis, IN