Seventies Summer: Rollerskating

When you were a kid, did you go rollerskating? 

Man, we did! My parents would load us and all of our friends up in our station wagon and off we’d go.

Talk about some good sports! Can you imagine hauling 10 kids 20-40 miles to the nearest town that had a skating rink? 

Yesterday my husband, Little Bit, and I went skating. I felt kind of bad that we didn’t get to go in a station wagon, but we made do! 

We weren’t the only ones who had our eyes set on a Saturday afternoon of trying to stay upright on wheels. The parking lot was packed and there were families everywhere. 

At first, I wasn’t going to skate, but I could hardly stand it! Before I knew it, I was lacing up skates myself.

All 3 of us were pretty wobbly, but we had the best time! The music had a good beat, the disco balls were spinning, and they even turned on the lights for a game of the hokey pokey! 

Now I understand why mom and dad always took us rollerskating. It’s a pretty inexpensive way to get out of the summer heat, spend time as a family, and it is oh, so fun! 

27 thoughts on “Seventies Summer: Rollerskating

  1. heartandsoul777 June 26, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    what a fun day that sounds like! :)

  2. Kim Woods Lemmon June 26, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    This brings back so many fun memories from my childhood. I loved skating. Backward skating, Limbo, speed skating and the dreaded couple skating were the highlights of my summer days. I lived in Wichita so I was able to go a lot. My cousin and I would walk to Joyland Roller Skating Rink at least two or three times a week. Roller skating to Rockin Robin was definitely one of my favorite childhood memories. Loved this story Jessica!!

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 3:19 am

      Well hi Kim! What a huge surprise!! Thank you so much for commenting! How awesome that skating was such a wonderful part of your childhood! I’m pretty jealous that you got to walk to the skating rink!

      Oh my gosh! I forgot about couple skating! That is hilarious. I bet you were great at backward skating, Limbo, and speed skating. No wonder you looked like such a natural when we went that time!

      I’m so glad you loved this story, means sooooo much to me! Thank you! :)

  3. kelleysdiy June 27, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Boy does this brings me back. I was on skate by age 3. I skated competitively dance, but my heart was into speed skating. Thanks for reminding me!

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 3:32 am

      Oh my gosh! Skates at age 3??? I’m impressed! Competitive dance and speed skating, too? That is pretty darn awesome!

      • kelleysdiy June 27, 2016 / 12:58 pm

        Back then the T-Birds wanted to contract me to go to a camp….mom said no…I was 16.

        • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 1:50 pm

          Holy moly! The T-Birds??? Dang, girl!! (Your mom was probably smart!) That’s soo cool though! :)

          • kelleysdiy June 27, 2016 / 2:23 pm

            The camp back then was in Hawaii!!

          • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 3:59 pm

            Hawaii???? I bet you were mad! :)

  4. Annika Perry June 27, 2016 / 2:31 am

    Sounds like a great day out. This reminds me of the ‘roller skates’ I used to fasten onto my ordinary shoes and skate around the park! Lots of fun but lethal as the straps kept coming off!

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 3:33 am

      Youch!! That sounds like a potential for scraped knees! Ha. :)

  5. Weird Guy With The Dog June 27, 2016 / 7:21 am

    I remember sneaking into the video game area to make out with girlfriends! Those were the days!

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 8:05 am

      Oh my gosh! That’s HILARIOUS!

  6. Jenny Spencer June 27, 2016 / 10:57 am

    Great memories at the roller rink! Our town’s rink closed a couple of years ago. There is a fancy new one of course, but it’s just not the same. Thanks for the “memory reminder”, will have to go to the new one with the kids and make new memories!

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Oh man! Bummer that the old one closed! But, I guess at least you have an option. I’m excited that you’ll get to make new memories. I bet those memories will stay with them, just like ours stay with us! :)

  7. karenlee June 27, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    This brings back many childhood memories…back when I could stay upright on the things. I loved it, but would not try it now (unless I tied a pillow to my backside). :)

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      A pillow is a great idea! My poor husband wiped out big time and is still complaining about his bruised tailbone!

      • karenlee June 28, 2016 / 10:26 am

        I won’t “like” this one because I feel for your husband. OUCH! Hope he’s better. :)

        • Jessica June 28, 2016 / 10:43 am

          Ha ha. Ok on the not “liking”. He’s better, tail bone is healing!

          • karenlee June 28, 2016 / 11:41 am

            :) This one I’ll “like.”

          • Jessica June 28, 2016 / 11:48 am

            You’re funny! 😊

  8. Miriam June 27, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Oh wow, lucky you! I haven’t been roller skating in years but I used to absolutely love love love it! ♡

    • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Oh! You ought to go again!! It’s just the nostalgia of lacing up those skates again, and the music, the memories flood back, and it’s so fun you’ll just laugh out loud!!

      • Miriam June 27, 2016 / 5:49 pm

        Yeah absolutely. You make me want to do it. Maybe I will! :-)

        • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 5:56 pm

          Skate over the ocean and we can go together! Ha! :)

          • Miriam June 27, 2016 / 5:59 pm

            Haha I’d LOVE to!!

          • Jessica June 27, 2016 / 6:29 pm

            Me, too!

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