|Grumpy Coach as affected by |
the horror of my skating
He muttered something in Russian at me, and (I may be wrong) I don't think it was "Good Morning." Or anything even close to it. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's the fact that I'm a perennial basic skills skater and my technique is so appalling that it offends the purity of his vision of figure skating.
In two other freestyles as I passed him the first time I'd reflexively say, "Good morning." Let me say, his response was not welcoming. After that, I quit.
Then shortly before I went to Lake Placid I was lap skating and thinking about my work. My expression looked like this.....
Without thought, I grunted, "Good morning."
Suddenly, a big smile crossed his face. "Good morning!" he boomed cheerily.
If you want to cheer him up even more, dobrah oohtrom is "good morning" in Russian. :)ReplyDelete
Okay, he's just "cray-cray" (crazy). Either that, or misery loves company. You keep on doing what you do.ReplyDelete
Your blog makes me smile all of the time. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I think I can explain why the "grumpy coach" suddenly became much more friendly because I have to admit I do the same thing at the rink. When a skater (doesn't matter about their age) seems focused on their work, I really enjoy seeing that and it allows me to let out the more friendly part of me. Coaches and skaters are at the rink to do a job--true, I love my job but skaters/parents pay the coach to do their job which is instructing. Like Skatecat, I suggest that you continue to say hello but don't take it personally if he responds only with a head nod or noise.ReplyDelete