One of my new friends, Susan in Bucks County, Invited me to do a first with her last weekend: Take an ice curling lesson.
You know ice curling?
The Olympic sport that looks so crazy? Well, The Bucks County Curling Club is committed to teaching more people to love the sport.
I’m not sure I love it but here’s what I learned:
You slide this round stone the width of the skating rink, kind of like you are bowling in an alley, except you’re on ice.
Your teammates start sweeping the ice with brooms like mad Cinderellas to melt the ice just ahead of the stone to help it go further and slide into the scoring area.
Now, I don’t sweep at home, people. Just saying. My arm still hurts from that foreign movement.
Anyway, I was one of 7 friends Susan brought to the rink to try curling.
I met Susan months ago because she was on a journey of first-time experiences after reading my book. She’s a widow, twice. Her last husband, Rob, was the absolute love of her life and Susan thought she wouldn’t smile or laugh or ever be happy again when he passed.
So, back to the curling rink, Susan and I are “sweeping” and I look up in the stands to see someone else I know. Suzie.
I introduced Suzie and Susan months ago because Suzie is also a widow.
As it turned out Suzie is the same age as Susan and both of their husbands died of the same cancer in the same hospital.
Yep. They have a lot in common.
Unbeknownst to me, after I introduced Suzie and Susan, they’ve become best friends. They hang out. They go places. They do firsts together. One is trying to date again. The other isn’t ready but they’ve found in the other someone who understands where the other has been. They laugh together.
Well, that was a surprise.
And so was that fact I was the high scorer on our curling team.
NO ONE saw that coming. (Ian, if you are reading this, you are an awesome coach.) Now I’m wondering what it would take to make the Olympic team. (Kidding, Ian).
But the best part of the day was finding out that Suzie and Susan are daring each other to do the new, to reinvent and rediscover life again.
You just never really know how your life will impact others.
I think we create ripples like waves that go out and come back in when we are doing new things, when we are open; when our life is “unstuck”.
Susan introduced me to curling. I introduced Susan and Suzie.
That works for me. Both made me happy.