No Longer Children

20 January 2008 · 5 comments

“Hold out your hands and close your eyes,” Kris told me this afternoon. She’d just returned from a shopping trip. “I have a surprise for you.” I held out my hands and closed my eyes. She gave me a cold plastic package.

I opened my eyes to see she’d bought me a jump rope. “Guess how much this cost,” she said.

“I don’t know. $9?”

“No. It was only $3!” she said, her eyes wide with amazement.

“$3? That’s a bargain,” I said.

“I know,” she said. “I should have bought two.”

I opened the package and took the jump rope outside to test it. I tripped on the first two twirls — I’m old and clumsy. But then I got the hang of bouncing twice. I did a dozen twirls or so and then went back inside the house.

“Ouch,” I said.

“What happened?” Kris asked.

“I pulled a muscle,” I said. “I should have stretched first.”

“Yeah.” Kris said. “It actually says that right on the package.” She was right. It did say so right on the package.

“When I was a kid, I loved to skip rope. I don’t remember ever having to warm up,” I said, rubbing my calf.

“We’re not kids anymore,” muttered Kris. Alas, that is true.

1 clumsy January 20, 2008 at 19:21

Getting old sucks. I twisted my ankle a few week ago and it still hurts. I don’t have those extra strength healing powers anymore.

2 luneray January 21, 2008 at 12:55

hehe…I loved the swings when I was a kid and would swing for hours. Recently I went to a park and swung for about a minute before I felt sick to my stomach and had to quit. Bah.

3 McAuliflower January 21, 2008 at 17:12

I can’t believe how hard it is to jump rope now. :(

Now as in 20 years later…

4 Tiffany January 22, 2008 at 09:04

Hula Hoops are great for stomach muscles, you should try one of those too.

5 Drew January 22, 2008 at 21:10

Courtney tried that hold out your hands and close your eyes thing on me once. I ended up with 2 kids.

Previous post:

Next post: