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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Bonehead Bloghop: September 2015


Cherdo from The Flipside hosts a monthly bloghop where we celebrate those moments we should have been smart enough to avoid.

When I was quite young (five or six), I first learned how to do a cartwheel. I fell in love with the move and did it everywhere I could. But that included many places where I shouldn't.

At one point, I had a friend over and he asked me "Can you do three cartwheels in a row?" I wanted to find out for myself, so I made my way to the nearest corridor to test it out. The corridor was incredibly narrow and on one side was a big glass cabinet with lots of crystal dinnerware inside. I line up at one end of the corridor...

One...

Easy enough.

Two...

Almost there.

Three!

I straightened up and turned back to my friend with a look of superiority. 'I sure can!' I said.

A few days later I was at school looking at the metal balance beam on the edge of the oval. What a challenge that would be, huh? Without notifying my friends, I walked up to the beam and stepped on. I raised my arms into the air...

And executed a perfect cartwheel. I had enough of a footing when I landed to ensure I could step off the beam rather than fall. And I went back to my friends as if nothing had happened.

We all know the third time's the charm.

There was a low brick retaining wall - maybe a foot high - separating the walkway behind the classrooms from the oval. I decided it would be awesome to cartwheel onto the retaining wall. I stood at the back of the classroom building with the path in front of me and the wall beyond that. I was brimming with confidence in my six-year-old gymnastic abilities. I took a run up...

...And ended up in the first aid room with an egg-sized bump on my forehead. I'm not even sure how it worked logistically. I would have to have had enough forward momentum while upside down to have smacked my head into the side of the wall. But somehow I achieved it, and it put an abrupt end to what could have been a very promising cartwheeling career.

13 comments:

  1. And here you are today - record a handstand for us! I promise to applaud (smile).

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  2. You're pretty lucky there were no broken bones!!

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  3. If that hadn't happened, I bet we would have watched you win a gold medal at the Olympics. What a shame.

    Love,
    Janie

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  4. Ouch.
    Mind you, I am impressed. I could never achieve a cartwheel, and was always soooo impressed at those who could.

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    1. Interestingly, I can't seem to do them nearly as well anymore :P

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  5. It's a good thing you got out of cartwheels, aka the gateway drug of childhood acrobatics. We had a childhood friend who was into cartwheels. I can do three in a row, he'd say. Then five. Then ten. It was never enough. One day he started cartwheeling and just never stopped. Last we heard, he was in Mexico.

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    1. Wow, you always hear these stories, but you never see it happen to anyone you know.

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  6. I'm thinking the cartwheel career would have been a waste of talent, anyhow. ;-)

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