I was never able to skate backward, but I was an ace at taking the curves full speed in the skating rinks of my childhood. When I wasn’t coasting around the rink floors, I tried to recreate the soothing mood of the rink at home.

I know what you’re thinking. Skating rinks are loud with flashing lights, ugly carpets, that old shoe smell and unstable crowds on wheels. All of that was overpowered by the hum of wheels against the wooden floor. That was part of the magic, part of the music.

My favorite songs were mellow, love tunes. Some of them are still at the top of my playlist. They include:

“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany

“Kokomo” by the Beach Boys

“Happy Birthday to You” by New Kids on the Block

“Jam on It” by Newcleus

Anything by Paula Abdul. Here’s “Straight Up”

“Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson

“U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

“Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

And, of course, the “Chicken Dance”!

Tell me the truth, are you dancing along?

I hope you enjoyed with blast-from-the-past playlist. This was inspired by Day 12 of the 30 Day #LinkYourLife Challenge. Happy skating!

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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