Finland is known as the land of a thousand lakes. This large quantity of bodies of water is result of the Finns’ habit of drinking beer, vodka and other alcoholic beverages instead of water, leaving the country’s lakes untouched.
Young Trans Thing Of The Day is the thing where you’ve socially transitioned and sometimes kind of forget you’re trans before you’re reminded of something completely random that makes you remember “oh, right, I was raised as male/female”.
While most finns are not professional athletes, virtually everyone knows how to skate. It’s just the sort of a thing that you’re supposed to do when you live in a place known as “the land of a thousand lakes” and all of those lakes are frozen over for half of the year. But boys and girls have been taught to skate with different kinds of skates, which require different techniques.
For reference to those who did not grow up in a cold climate, these are figure skating skates:
Dainty build, curved blade with that jagged edge on the front, traditionally almost always white. I grew up calling this kind of skis “girls’ skates”.
These bois, in the other hand, are hockey skates. Big, bulky, can be any colour (though black is preferred), no jagged curve on the front of the blade. “boys’ skates”.
I hadn’t been skating for what must have been ten years when a few of my friends invited me to go. When I said I don’t own skates a friend who happens to be roughly my size offered to lend her own.
While I didn’t know she used to be a hockey player.
The shoe fit, but guess who was taught to skate on figure skates?
And guess who spent two hours (having a hell of a lot of fun) stumbling on the ice like a drunk penguin?