Thursday, November 13, 2008

You Don't Have To Be A Kid. . .

You don't have to be a kid to look forward to and enjoy a trip to Disneyland. Some things just never change and I am so looking forward to going to with a group of adults from work on Monday. We can act like CHILDREN!! Woo Whoo!! (I always love a good excuse to act my shoe size:) Hotel beds are never safe when I'm around & have no kids with me!...Oh come on people! I'm talking about jumping on them!



I have learned (the hard way) that some things are much more enjoyable (and don't forget easier) when you are a kid. Take for example the hula hoop. Did you try this as a child? I did and I had that baby mastered. I could spend hours with that hoop circling around my waist. I was so cool that I could do tricks. You know, those amazing ones where you can make it go up your neck and circle around your hand that is raised above your head. And then back down again. And then down your legs to your ankles. I know, it's hard to believe the talent that oozed out of me but I did it. It was many years later and I was married with children (hey, that is kind of catchy like it should be a sitcom or something:) that I decided to show off my great skills in front of a group. I grabbed the hula hoop from a snot nosed kid trying to be all tricky and stuff and I stepped inside. What the?????


They have OBVIOUSLY started making these things smaller because DANG there wasn't much room for that baby to circle around me! I worked that stupid hoop for a good 10 minutes before I decided that my body mass was taking up to much of the circle, thus making it virtually impossible to keep it moving. Sigh!



As I child, I was very limber. I could do a back bend without a second thought. It all just came natural and I spent many days tumbling around. I took gymnastics for a while. The memory that has stuck with me to this day was when we were lined up and being assisted in back bends by our instructor. The girl in front of me hadn't mastered a back bend before so the instructor was supporting her. As the girl arched her back, she let out a grunt noise and then farted! OH, boy! The things that will crack up a five year old!! We were unable to do much after that due to laughter (and pointing and mocking).
I also didn't have a problem as a child doing cart wheels. It was like walking! I would cart wheel my way across the lawn. I could run fast and go right into a cart wheel. I was so tricky I could even do it ONE handed! WOW I was cool. Fast forward about 20+ years and a few kids (and many pounds gained). I wanted to show my kids that I their awesome and amazing mother could still do all those tricks. Oh yeah! No mocking this chick! She still has it. . . . or not. As they scooped me off the ground, because my poor arms collapsed from the large amount of weight trying to pass over them, I realized THIS was not going to be so easy! Not only were my scrawny arms trying to hold up some serious weight, all of the sudden it seemed soooo scary!! I was MUCH farther off the ground than I was so long ago. Sigh!


And then there were those days when I could bend myself in half.
Oh not like that picture!! I was talking about bending over to pick something off the floor. . . .
fortunately I can still do that!




6 comments:

Kathi D said...

I am fortunate that I have never had any type of athletic ability or flexibility, so I haven't lost it.

My mother, on the other hand, could still bend over with locked knees and spread her hands flat on the floor well into her 70's. (It might have helped that she didn't have to reach across a gut like mine.)

Jean Knee said...

I never could do any of that stuff. Thanks for reminding me of my awkward childhood. And now my failure at spelling :(


you owe me

J-Mom said...

Nope, I could never do a cartwheel. I tried and tried and tried. I spent so much time trying to master the cartwheel. Finally figured out I couldn't do it and still can't.

Definitely need stretch jeans to have your tea like that!

Nancy Face said...

I'm a serious non-athletic klutz. I never could do a cartwheel, even as a kid! But I do like the hula hoop! :)

Nancy Face said...

Disneyland REALLY IS the happiest place on earth! I hope you had a great time! :D

dana wyzard said...

I never could do a cartwheel, but I must admit (ashamedly so) that I could put my big toe in my mouth. Now, not only do I have a hard time painting my toenails, but I can't remember WHY I ended up with a toe in my mouth in the first place.