Since the doctors had told me I couldn't swim because of swimmer's ear, I began spending time at the base recreation center. There was a large skating rink for roller skates, and classes in various leisure activities, including dance and arts and crafts.
I loved to skate at the skating rink and decided I was going to get good enough to join the roller derby. So I spent my afternoons speed skating around the rink. I hadn't thought about all the contact made in roller derby, only that I could skate fast. I also tried to do some trick skating similar to what is done in ice skating. I could do some basic steps, like lifting one leg, but not the fancy steps.
I also became very active in the arts and crafts projects. I made a salt and pepper shaker from bamboo, and made some copper enamel jewelry. I loved doing the crafts and soon began volunteering to help teach the younger kids arts and crafts.
I also loved dancing and since I had been taking hula lessons in Ewa since the time we had moved to Hawaii, I volunteered to teach hula to the kids.
And so, every day I would volunteer to teach leisure activities to grammar school kids.