Saturday, June 11, 2016
On a Dare or to Prove a Point?
Perhaps it was a dare. Or maybe one of us suggested that Dad was too old and couldn't possibly do a somersault on the bar of the swing set. It wouldn't have been like him to accept a dare but it would have been like him to prove a point: at 44 he could still do what his youngest daughter could do.
I was the one who, at 6 or 7 years old, could hang by my knees and swing, hang by my ankles and pull myself up to sitting, and do somersaults on the bars of the swing set. My sister and brother were both too old to be interested in the swings when I was that age. But there we all were outside one summer evening watching Dad do a somersault. Was it I who ran inside to grab the camera?
I suspect that if my father were still alive and saw this post he might not be too pleased. But honestly, how many 44-year-old men can still do a somersault from the top bar of a swing set? It's an accomplishment worthy of remembrance, right?
I'm hoping my brother or sister might chime in on this photo and share their memory of the event. Maybe one of them will remember the whole story.
Note: My brother responded to this photo with the following note. "This happened around the time was about 18 or so. I thought I'd 'show Dad a thing or two.' I did a back flip on the swing set and was pretty proud of my ability and agility as well. Turned out Dad was more agile than me at his age than I." Thanks for the clarification, Bob!
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