As little kid, my dad was the one who taught me how to do a lot of things: ride my bike, change a car tire, fish.
He also taught me to ice skate.
I remember being out on our frozen pond, bundled up in my winter coat and snow pants with my scarf covering my entire mouth so that when I talked…or breathed…it became moist and warm.
My dad had helped me lace up my mom’s old skates, took my mittened hand, and pulled me out to the open ice.
I don’t remember much of the logistics of the lesson, but I do remember falling down.
Finally I got frustrated and whined that I was no good at skating and I didn’t want to do it anymore.
My dad pulled me up and said, “but every time you fall, you are learning. just think of how much more you know now than you did when we started.”
I gave him the hairy eyeball, assuming he meant I knew a lot more now because I had fallen so many zillions of times.
“No, really,” he continued. “Every time you fall, you learn what not to do next time. Or at least you should.”
This lesson comes back to me every single time I “fall” in life.
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