When I was a kid in the ‘50’s, my mom would give me 50 cents to go to the movies on Saturdays. The show was a double feature with cartoon for 25 cents, and that left me with another quarter for snacks. Either before the movie or during intermission, there would be a stage show of some kind. There would be a magician, or bicyclists doing tricks, or an acrobatic clown. But, the shows that I liked best were the yo-yo contests. The kids who entered those contests could win “fabulous prizes.” They were good, and I mean really good. They could do wonderfully named tricks, such as ‘Round the World and Walkin’ the Dog.
Not too many years ago, yo-yos came back in style, and when I was teaching, I watched all over as my students did the tricks that I loved to see when I was a kid. I wanted a yo-yo, and my dear friend, whose daughter was in my class, gave me a Duncan for Valentine’s Day. It was my favorite color of red, perfectly balanced, and fabulous. I was barely able to make my yo-yo zip back up to me, never mind mastering any trick, especially my beloved Walkin’ the Dog.
This brings me to my real life current activity of walkin’ the dog. I don’t know what I would do without my puppy. She is my motivation and my inspiration. She makes me laugh, gets me moving, and keeps me going. Today was no exception, when I was outside with her at the crack of dawn in 20 degrees, with a wind of 40 mph. No lie. Happily, this is the worst weather of this winter, which is now two-thirds past. Tomorrow, I am getting an estimate on an Invisible Fence.