I don’t normally take the entire day off on Christmas Eve, but I decided to this year, and we visited the new ice skating arena that opened a couple miles from our house the previous weekend.  I hadn’t skated in years, and the 3 children had never even attempted it.  When we walked onto the ice, all 3 clutched the railing surrounding the rink and slowly shuffled along, fearing falling down. The rink has penalty boxes on both sides, so there was frequent quitting to sit on the…