In speaking with a friend in Amsterdam, I realized that I made a mistake. I did not visit that city a few weeks ago, as I considered doing.
Having been a hockey player, I like to skate. I recall reading Hans Brincker and the Silver Skates and wanting to skate on the canals of Holland, when I moved to Europe many years ago. Unfortunately, the world had changed from the time of that book. The canals no longer froze...and I grew older.
This year, the cold spell meant frozen lakes in Germany, so I assumed that the canals might also have frozen. I called my friend, to learn if the canals had frozen in Amsterdam, but he was not at home. I wanted to see the city from the ice.
Today, I learned that the canals had indeed frozen and the skating had be fun. I should have called again or simply boarded a train and tried my luck. The following film shows some of what I missed.
The next cold spell, surely not until next year, will again raise the memory of Hans Brincker...and memory of this year’s mistake. I will be one year older, but still able to recall how to skate. The brain will say “go, go”, even if my legs will say “oh, no”. My brain will win out, when the chance to see Amsterdam and Holland are at stake.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.