My approach to Skating has mirrored my theatre experience. From my vantage point, there's not much difference, just more athleticism involved. During Ice Shows, I tend to get some funny looks since I'm at every rehearsal, every show, from start to finish, no exceptions. Some Other Parents find me freakish for always being early for lessons and practices, and never missing a Group Class. Ever. I have discovered that I am a weird anomaly. Let me explain.
In theatre, we have an unwritten code of ethics. Well, someone did write it down in 1924, but for the most part actors, performers and stage folk operate by these rules. Let's go down the list, trading out theatre references for skating, and imagine the Skating Utopia that would happen if everyone followed these same unwritten rules.
Theatrical Code of Ethics
1. I shall never miss a
2. I shall
3. I shall forgo all social activities which interfere with
4. I shall never make a
5. I shall never miss
6. I shall never leave the
7. I shall not let the comments of friends, relatives or critics change any phase of my
8. I shall forgo the gratification of my ego for the demands of the
9. I shall remember my business is to create illusion; therefore I shall not break the illusion by appearing in costume and makeup off
10. I shall accept my
11. I shall never "put on an act" while viewing other
12. I shall respect the
13. I shall not spread rumor or gossip which is malicious and tends to reflect discredit on my
14. Since I respect the
15. I shall handle
16. I shall follow the rules of courtesy, deportment and common decency applicable in all walks of life when I am in the
17. I shall never lose my enthusiasm for
Did any of that make your head spin? Good. Now know that I am not the weirdo you think I am, I'm just doing what is normal.