You may not be Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in U.S history or Gordie Howe, one of the top National league hockey players but we each have our own talents to share.
I remember when I was 8 years old going down to the store and picking out ice skates Cadillac Rental on W. Cass street. It wasn't a special occasion like a birthday or Christmas my dad just took my two brothers and I down to the store for ice skates, that made it a special occasion.
When we got home my dad made an ice skating rink in the back yard. We played hockey on that ice and we just skated. Hours of fun on something as simple as ice. Ice itself may be simple but how it got there sure wasn't.
When you're a kid you don't think how much time and work it must have taken to build that ice rink. Laying out the plastic, filling it with water and making sure it was smooth to skate on, all while it was freezing outside. All this effort just to give your kids some fun. All I remember was lacing up those skates and gliding across the ice.
So dad, I'll take this time all these years later, to say thank you. Thank you for all the work you did. We probably didn't have a lot of money but you knew how to give us memories to last a lifetime. Thank you.
It's funny I don't remember falling or learning how to skate, even though I never did become really good at it. All I remember was lacing up those skates and gliding across the ice.
That's what the new ice rink at the Cadillac commons is to me- a place to relive old memories, create new ones or give the little ones in your life their memories. All without the hassle of building an ice rink in your backyard.
You may never be the next Michelle Kwan or Gordie Howe what's more important is what you take away from the experience. You take away what you have learned from the experience, the skills you have developed that help you along the way and you take away the memories that will last a lifetime. I invite you to stop by and check out the new ice rink whether you stand by and watch or lace up those skates and glide across the ice yourself.
Lights are up all over, festive holiday music covers the airways of the radio and facebook is covered in humorous Christmas cheer. All that to say, it must be Christmas time. With Christmas time comes memories, friends, family and good cheer.
Many here will remember growing up when the lake Cadillac shoreline by the city park and along Chestnut street were just an undeveloped strip of land really only used during the fireworks.
Now it has a beautiful walkway used year around. My first walk this month was before the snow but still a magical night as I walked the Keith McKellop walkway. Christmas lights line the walkway, the nativity is set up in the pavilion and the Shay locomotive is adorned in lights. My second walk, a very short walk this time, was Monday night with an extremely bitter wind but the snow has added so much to the beauty of the lights.
This may be a memory from days gone by or maybe in your family it continues as a tradition. Remember when your parents loaded you up in the car and drove around looking at the Christmas lights. You'd get to see all that glittered and sparkled always looking for the area with the best light display.
Walking along the Keith McKellop Walkway this year is the new 'driving around looking at lights'. From the walkway lined with lights to the pavilion- now with a manger, moving on to the Shay locomotive chugging along covered in lights and taking some time at the new fire burning in the middle of the Cadillac Commons-history, memories and beautiful moments await you right in the heart of our hometown. So, bundle up and step on out to enjoy what your city has to offer maybe even invite some friends and do some caroling along the way. Merry Christmas everyone.
The fun-seeking explorer
The Cadillac area is a a gorgeous place to visit or live. This site is an ongoing exploration. You will find photos and thoughts of places to see and things to do. Welcome and feel free to make a comment or recommend a place to visit.