Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Getting Old Sucks, Episode 2

I was doing the whole "mom thing" recently, hanging out as a chaperone with Libby and her 4th and 5th grade buddies during their chorus party.

They were in the school gym playing with old fashioned toys: Hop Balls*, jump ropes, basket balls, was kind of cool to see them running around, making noise, laughing, dancing to music and being perfectly content with not being plugged into anything.  

I was genuinely enjoying the moment until I saw her. 

That little show-off girl named Brooklyn.  

Who was hula-hooping.  

For like, hours. 


Self-disclosure: Even when I was a kid, I could never hula-hoop very well. I always envied those other little girls who were so graceful with the hoops. You know the type: the ones whose hips barely seemed to move and the hoops seemed to have a life of their own, effortlessly rotating round like the hands of a clock. 

Any time I tried, my body was not unlike the inside of a washing machine. Maytag, 1930.     

I've never quite gotten over the shame.  

And there little Brooklyn was, casually walking the entire length of the gym, which, I'll have you know, is three-quarters of a mile long, while simultaneously hula-hooping and chatting up a friend.  

Can you believe the nerve?  

I wanted to give her a spanking for being such a braggart. You would have thought her mom would have taught her better. 

Then came Libby, who, like only a  9-year-old daughter can, honed into my insecurities and offered me a hula-hoop.

I wanted to give her a spanking for her impertinence.  

But not willing to be outdone by a mocking, plastic circle of painful memories once again, I gave it a whirl.  

I would like to point out that 30 years have done nothing to improve my hula-hooping technique.  Suffice it to say I went after it with the subtlety of a jackhammer. 

The hula-hoop landed on the floor within seconds. 

Libby laughed.  

And then brought me a jump rope.  

Which hey, I can do that. Right? 


Turns out when you're nine, or 14 for that matter, you don't really have to worry about any parts of your body going rogue. 

Not so when you're over 40, possessing not   boobs so much as watermelons. Which even when constrained, can do some impressive acrobats.  They not only bounce up and down but head off in diagonals and rotate in circular motions. The fact that my boobs can likely hula-hoop better than me is concurrently humiliating and painful. Especially when the left one gets all excited and whacks me in the chin. 

And don't even get me started on the bladder, which goes about reminding you of your age in a much more secretive, yet emotionally deleterious way.  

My bladder: You're not young anymore. 

Me: *ignoring bladder.*

My bladder: Hello? You're not young, Tanya AND you've had two children. You really think you need to be jumping rope?

Me: *ignoring bladder.* 

My bladder: Two pregnancies. Do you get that?

Me: *ignoring bladder.*  

My bladder: DO YOU? 

Me: *ignoring bladder.* 

My bladder: NO

Me: *ignoring bladder.*

My bladder: *Squirt.*  ->  

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*This is why I love Google.  I literally typed in "bouncy ball you sit on" and the second image was the one I needed.


Kim O said...

OMG..You relived my hoola hooping experience, bought one for exercise a few months ago, and my 6 year old laughed so hard he wet himself. I tried every night for a full week and never managed to keep it up for more than 10 seconds. Sad that I used to be the "Brooklyn"!

Tanya said...

Smarmy little things aren't they?

Tanya said...

Not sure why we keep them, or the hula hoops around....

StuD said...

I would tell Brooklyn that her haters are her motivators ;)