Yesterday, Noah wanted to learn how to do a hand stand. And since I took exactly three months of gymnastics in 1986, I figured I was the perfect person to teach him. So he walked over to me, put his hands on the ground, stuck his booty in the air, and waited for my instruction. I told him to keep his arms straight and not to fall on his head and I grabbed his legs and and held them up.
Ta-da! Hand stand. We were both impressed with ourselves.
He then asked what else I could teach him and since I had once been known to do 14 cartwheels in a row (again, circa 1986), I figured the cartwheel was next.
SIDE NOTE: People, I have not worked out in four weeks due to a sprained foot/Tunisia/virus-of-death so let's just say a bit of stretching was in need.
I then tried to explain the cartwheel to him. "Noah, stand up and lean to the side. Put one hand down, then the next, swing your legs over your head and land on the other side. That's it, easy." He gave me this look:
So we slowly walked through it and he tried to do what I told him but we both knew that an example was needed. Or in other words, he needed to see this 32 year old body fling itself upside down and land perfectly on the other side.
Mind you, we were in the living room so I needed to find a space large enough to hold my whirling form. I decided the space between the couch and the wall would work perfectly. I kicked off my heels, because the last thing I needed was to puncture myself, and told Noah to stand back. My mom was also in the living room looking a bit
"Okay, are you ready, Noah?"
I looked over and he covered his eyes and said, "I can't watch."
"Hey! I'm doing this for you, kid."
But at that moment, right as I took that first step forward and began to lean over, a small sliver of a doubt popped into my head.
Doubt that I may break the couch.
Doubt that I may break myself.
Doubt that I may not be as young as I used to be.
Doubt that I should have worn stretchy pants.
Doubt that I may never be the same after these next few seconds.
And let this be a lesson to you all: doubt kills your ability to do a proper cartwheel. Mid-wheel, my legs fell down, my shirt started to fly up and I suddenly became very aware that I hard wood floors may not be the best for landing. I came down with a thump, looking more like a uncoordinated frog than a human being. Thankfully, no furniture or body parts were injured in this process, but when I stood up, Noah asked, "Was that it?"
"No buddy, not exactly. Tomorrow, let's practice in the yard."
Because that's all I need, an entire neighborhood watching. But I can't give this up. I am on a mission.
However, something about "pride cometh before the fall" keeps ringing in my ears.