How My Little One's First Ice Show Gave Me Chills
How an outing to an ice show proved far different than I expected
I’m not sure who was more excited: my 3-year-old son or me.
He was excited because he would be attending his first-ever ice show and seeing some of his favorite fictional characters, to boot.
I was excited because I believed I would finally get to sit down and relax for more than an hour while something other than a blinking screen entertained my little one.
Well, I was half right: Though my son was definitely entertained, it was tough for me to relax.
I learned that a child who turns total zombie in front of the TV won’t necessarily do the same for a live show. He might jump out of his seat, call out for toys when peripatetic vendors pass by and nearly drop the hot dog that you, in a moment of weakness, purchased for him during the intermission.
So, for much of the show, I found myself sitting anxiously at the tip of my chair, ready to spring into action should he accidentally fall into the row in front of us.
This is not to say we didn’t have a good time. My son’s excitement was palpable and I loved watching his eyes widen to the size of dinner plates as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse—did I mention this was a Disney on Ice show?—glided onto the rink.
I’ll always remember the fleeting, frightened (and adorable!) look on my son’s face when the audience members were encouraged to scream “Boo!” during a Halloween scene. I’ll laugh when I think back to the time he tried to clap his hands during a song but ended up absent-mindedly clapping together two parts of his hot dog bun instead. And I hope to hear him give many more stunned “wows” like the ones he yelled whenever eye-popping pyrotechnics lit up the ice.
We’ll have to go back for another ice show and maybe next time, I’ll indulge in a hot dog of my own, assuming I can hold it in one hand should I need to grab my rambunctious little guy with the other. The relaxation, meanwhile, will just have to wait…until he’s in college.
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN