If you were born and raised in Canada, or the northern parts of the United States, then skating is a part of your childhood, and right around the time you’re learning how to walk, you’re learning to skate. Not to say that it’s not like that elsewhere in the US and the world, but when you spend half the year trudging through snow and cold, you’re guaranteed to have a backyard rink or an outdoor rink within walking distance. This makes skating like second nature when you hit the ice.
But if you’ve gotten to an adult age and you’re just learning how to skate, it can be a terrifying experience, especially if it’s your first time and you’ve never even seen ice before. That’s the experience that two men from Burundi just had, and they found out that they’ve come to the right place to learn how to master this skill.
While she herself was skating at an outdoor rink near City Hall, Ottawa resident Lauren Dobson-Hughes saw the two men struggling, then saw the absolutely amazing way that the community came together to show these two men how welcoming Canada can be.
Lucky for us, she live-tweeted the whole thing, and I’m not going to lie, it’s a cheesy-musical score away from being a Hallmark movie of the month.