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20 January 2008 — No Longer Children

“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.

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5 responses so far ↓
On 20 January 2008 (7:21 pm), clumsy said:

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.

On 21 January 2008 (12:55 pm), luneray said:

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.

On 21 January 2008 (5:12 pm), McAuliflower said:

I can’t believe how hard it is to jump rope now. :(
Now as in 20 years later…

On 22 January 2008 (9:04 am), Tiffany said:

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

On 22 January 2008 (9:10 pm), Drew said:

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

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