By M. Scott Morris
TUPELO – As one might expect, the ice was cold and wet during public skating at the BancorpSouth Arena.
Noah Moore, 6, of Amory, had dark spots on his jeans as evidence of his spills, but he didn’t stay down.
“I get up and go to the purple thing,” Noah said.
That purple thing was a wall, and that’s where his Nana waited and watched.
Kids and adults ventured onto the ice or stayed close to the walls while Christmas music played overhead. Alandra Dale, 9, of Plantersville, was among the adventurous and tested her limits.
“It’s fun because I get to skate and I feel like I’m floating, kind of,” she said.
Shaune Holiday, 39, of Fulton, didn’t put on any skates, but he enjoyed watching his kids wear themselves out.
“When they heard about it last week, they started wanting to come,” he said. “I said, ‘We’ll go.’ I think it’s a great activity for them during the school break.”
The word “break” had another meaning for Holiday, who didn’t want to risk his knees, ankles or elbows on the ice.
“No, thank you,” he said.
Ben Hurt, 39, of Caledonia, got out there with his family. Skating was a challenge for his two boys, who are 5 and 4.
“I went around twice with them,” he said, sitting in a chair outside the rink. “You’ve got to take a rest because you’re holding those two up the whole time.
Hurt’s wife, Tara, and their two girls had no problem staying upright, thanks to Noah Moore’s purple thing.
“We’re hanging to the wall,” Tara Hurt said.
Erin Conner, 38, of Fulton, and her Thanksgiving visitors took the opportunity to get out of the house.
“We’ve all skated before, but it’s been a long time,” she said. “This was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing.”
Leigh Ellis Grisham, 14, and Lyndsey Alford, 13, both of Tupelo, have skated before but don’t consider themselves experts.
“I did it at Gatlinburg one time,” Grisham said. “I can go out on the ice but I’m staying here with her because she stays on the side.”
Alford was a little miffed that her friend ratted her out like that, then she nodded and said, “I stay on the side.”
Alford went skating during a trip to New York, but didn’t get as much practice as she might’ve liked.
“We left early because it started to snow,” she said. “It was really cold. It was outside. It was super cold.”