Daily Archives: January 3, 2010

Who Was She?

LA
Rink side seats.
Gretzky on the ice.
Life was good.
I don’t know who she was. A player’s grandmother maybe.
She sat beside us with her crochet on her lap, her needles working away, creating while the puck sliced by.
Rink side seats are different than others. You hear the ice, the players, the game. You see sweat dripping and tired eyes from a long road trip.
Rink side seats are amazing.
I certainly wouldn’t spend my time in them crocheting. But then this was a first for me. I get the feeling she held season tickets.
She interested me. I’m not sure why. Maybe because she was so different from everyone else. During fights, she calmly placed her crochet to the side, stood and yelled
“Kill Him, kill him, kill him,” like a warrior of old.
Fight rink side are different too. You hear their brutality, and the crowd noise makes you feel like you’re part of the battle.
The first fight I didn’t catch her movements, just heard the little old lady voice turn into that of a dragon slayer. But she intrigued me, and I couldn’t help but watch as the next fight broke out, and then the next, and then the next.
And always, calm, place, screaming banshee.
Back then I wasn’t writing. I was busy reading 25 novels a semester for the multiple upper level English courses I was taking. The only writing I did consisted of 10+-pg papers about Kurt Vonnegut, 100 Years of Solitude and Howl to name a few. I didn’t even remember the old dream of writing fiction. But it was there, lurking, as I watched people and wondered about their stories.
Who was she, that woman sitting rink side?
I don’t know. But I sure hope I get to use her one day in a book.

She's not the woman from the LA hockey game, but my Grandma is certainly a Dragon Slayer!

Another quick interruption for a weather rant

Last summer was one of the hottest on record. So how come NOW it’s going to be one of the coldest winters on record also?! The blizzard was bad enough. But 9 or lower REAL temps?!?!?!?!? Come on Wichita Falls weather, get back to normal!