The article by Jim Elliot in the Dec. 16 Shuswap Market News about DeMille’s outdoor rink brought back wonderful memories of my dad plopping me down at age 16 months in the centre of a flooded baseball diamond in Bralorne, B.C. I could barely walk but Dad insisted I would skate to him in my tiny figure skates and returned me to “centre ice” each time I crawled to him. I guess I finally figured out that if I didn’t want to stay soaking wet and cold I had best skate and skate I did! I recall it as clearly as yesterday and there is an old photo somewhere. (My mom watched from the window in tears.) From then on they had a hard time for the next 10 years to get me to come in for dinner or bed.
I hope this rink will make such happy memories for local kids as that rink did for me. I only wish I could still skate and play ‘crack the whip!’ Thank you, DeMilles!