The little boy held out five fingers as he tried to balance himself.
It was his first time on ice skates. He wobbled back and forth before finding a moment of steadiness.
"I'm 5. I never done this before," he blurted, then smiled widely at me, as if he had mastered a kindergarten life skill, like tying shoes.
"Thanks, lady. This is the best day of my life." Then he wobbled off in a hurry to take to the ice.
The boy was one of 60 area children who attended the #YearOfJoy Holiday Ice Skating Party at the ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green last December.
My idea was to share the experience of ice skating, a sport I grew up competing in, with children who might never have the opportunity to try it. It also was my first effort to give back in a big way.