The ice at Deering Oaks, the large Allen Avenue pond, the small one behind Deering High School---Going on a late afternoon skating adventure at a couple of the large city ponds was always fun. They were packed on the weekends and school vacations, and twilight time was especially stirring. As the shadows began to fall a special excitement would build. The older teens would build small fires to help chase the chill away, and there were invariably lots of new faces to check out, especially among the fairer sex. And sometimes, holding hands in long lines and moving fast provided the ones on the end quite a 'whip' as we went hurtling off towards the darkness. I was young, but not too young to envy the teen couples skating off into the shadows of night. Ah... to have a girlfriend to skate with, at twilight? Maybe the highlight of true winter fun.