At 60, Renee Forrest wanted to get involved in roller-skating again.
She has been wearing a pair of skates for over 40 years. The Halifax resident thought returning to action was a fun way to exercise.
She bought new skates and practiced for a week, but they weren’t exactly right. They didn’t feel like she was in her teens.
She started looking for sites that categorized something like vintage boots online.
Someone in Dortmouth posted a similar pair for $ 40. No size was mentioned, there were no laces on the skates and they were very dirty, Forrestall said.
But there is something in these skates, she thought, and she decided to get a chance. A few days later, she went to the seller’s house to try them out.
“It was like a Cinderella and slipper moment,” he said. “It was a perfect fit. I could not believe it.”
It was even harder to believe what happened next. While Forrestal was tying the skates, she turned the tongue of a boot back and saw her name written on the inside.
“Who !? How?” Thought. Then I said, ‘This is me! These are mine! ‘
Forrest has become too much.
“The shock was somehow absorbed and I felt tears welling up in my eyes,” he said. “I think, because all of a sudden I’m back to my youth … like life flashed before my eyes.”
He recalled selling roller skates when he was a student at NSCAD.
That experience made her realize that you are never old enough to get back what you want, he said.
Forrest has been watching instructional videos online to better understand, and he has also discovered roller-skating senior groups.
“I think the oldest woman I’ve ever seen is 90 years old.”
That means she has a lot of time to train, he said.
The seller had the courage
After responding to the post, Forrest was worried about not being able to go to the seller’s house for two days. At first she thought someone else might be there.
The seller, James Bond, has relocated and is selling a lot of possessions online.
He has no plan of having stuff for anyone. He was not interested in online money transfer.
When it came to these roller skates, Bond said he had a feeling the woman was asking about them.
“Something in her messages left me alone,” Bond said. He said there were many demands to keep the goods, but this is what he agreed to.
“It’s a different kind of courage for me,” he said.
He said it was unforgettable for Bond to see Forrestal wearing his old skates.
“This is a very wonderful moment,” he said. “Being really honest filled my heart with so much joy.”
Bond said it was funny to hear Forrest say he felt like Cinderella was wearing glass slippers because he and his girlfriend made fun of how this story could turn into a good Disney movie.
The two believe there is something magical in their meeting.
“I like to think there are no coincidences,” Bond said.
Forrest agrees. She still could not understand how well it worked. He rediscovered his passion for roller-skating, looked at advertising online and realized about these dirty skates.
The timing was right.
“Everything culminated in this little moment, “she said.” Things are coming for a reason.
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