Two years ago I was recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from my lung. It was the first time in several winters that I missed skating on the Ottawa canal. Because of my cancer treatments, I thought that I would once again have to pass this year. Now would not be the time to fall and break a bone.
I heard on the radio this morning that today would be the last day that the canal would be open. It was a beautiful mild day and the Ottawa website said that the canal conditions were good.
I decided that today was the day; it was meant to be.
I laced my skates up and headed for the canal. I resisted the urge to buy a beaver-tail and just enjoyed the sun and the opportunity to glide along the canal with the rest of the last-day skaters. It did my heart good to know that I didn’t miss out on one of my favorite winter activities, even if I went slow and for a short time.
It’s days like today that make me feel fully alive!