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Gravity and Ice vs. Princess Mania

Maybe it was just a regular skating class.

But it could have been a birthday party. A water bottle on the benches side of the boards at the Ice Palace had a special label announcing that Miriam turns 4 today.

There were several little girls trying to skate there at Riverfront Park late this morning. And, judging from their pink, sparkly attire, it seemed as if most of them were in the grip of princess mania. Even the bike helmets they wore had pincessy themes.

Which is why ice skating was the perfect activity.

Now one has to be careful when using phrases such as “knock some sense into them” when discussing young children. But until a proven vaccination is developed, ice skating seems like a great way to address the princess outbreak.

In ice skating, you have to bring your own magic.

And if you don't, well, “DOWN GOES FRAZIER!”

Falling on ice is extremely reality-based, even if you aren't falling very far.

It focuses the mind in a way that no toy unicorn can match.

The little girls did, in fact, experience a few spills. But they always got up. And it was no wand or tiara that got them back on their feet. It was their own fortitude.

Some of those little princesses might be delusional, but apparently they're also pretty tough.


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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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