Last Thursday, I went to my first Roller Derby practice with the North Texas Derby Revolution at the House of Quad. That’s right– I want to skate around in circles, while other women much bigger and stronger than me try to knock me on my ass.
There’s just one problem. I can’t skate.
I suited up all proper like (no, I don’t mean fishnets and booty shorts– I mean knee pads, elbow pads, wrist pads, etc.) and then it was time to put on my skates.
After that awesome adventure, it was time for more instruction. I stood with the other “fresh meat” listening, trying not to roll, and then it happened. My skates slipped right out from under me, banana peel style, and I fell straight on my ass.
That’s when the Angel of Roller Derby, Reckless, came to help me. She taught me to skate back and forth and back and forth while all the others worked on their falling. She talked to me about roller derby, and she even gave me her water.
She’s my hero. And she’s why I’ve been on skates every single day since I left that place. Tomorrow, I’ll go back to practice, and I’ll be slightly better.
Because Roller Derby is the most fun I’ve ever had.