Although Sophie’s birthday isn’t till the 21st April the best time for her to have her party was Sunday. Ten little girls and I arrived at the roller disco for two hours of rollertastic fun. Luckily I had persuaded my lovely friend Belinda to help out as not many of the little ladies had skated before. Laden down by ten sets of roller boots I lumbered up to the rink to help the girls get their skates on.This proved a little tricky. By the time I had got one little lady into her skates and turned to help the next, the first one would have stood up and fallen over. It was like dominoes. Once each of them were tied into their skates and had fallen over a few times it was decided that knee pads, elbow pads, bum pads were the way forward. The pads were stored in massive holdalls two corridors away from the disco. Each pad was tightly velcroed to another pad indiscriminate of whether they matched or not. The trick was to be slow and methodical and gently prise the two apart, not attack them with hands and teeth, panicked with thought of what carnage was occurring back in the rink. I luckily also had the foresight to ask a couple of my friends older experienced skater daughters if they would mind coming along to help teach the little ones to skate. It was at this point they arrived to my ecstatic welcome and went straight to work. Having two such skilled big girls there to show them what to do really inspired Sophie’s friends and in no time at all most of them were if not whizzing around at least staying upright for more then two seconds. I was then able to hand out refreshments and eventually I even got to put on my skates and hold hands with my beautiful birthday girl as we skated to the music in true roller disco style. All too soon our two hours were up and it was time to unknot our laces and put on our normal shoes again. Despite the bumps everyone had a wonderful time and really felt like something great had been accomplished. Thanks to my lovely ladies who helped out, I couldnt have done it without their support. And most importantly Pi loved it. “Best party ever, lets do it next year! ” Hmmm maybe not.
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