Thursday, October 1, 2009


Update: Check out the link in Wendy's comment. It is awesome!

When Napoleon Dynamite came out a few years ago I never thought it would become one of my favorite movies. I've seen it quite a few times since my first viewing and still love it. The Utah/Southern Idaho culture is ripe for satire and Napoleon Dynamite hits much of that nail squarely on the head. The game of tether ball is shown a number of times. Recess time at my grade school almost always included tether ball. Other games that were played were hopscotch, dodge ball and jumping rope.

Last Sunday our family met the English 101 group at a local park for a picnic. The day was absolutely perfect, temps in the 80's and beautiful fall colors breaking out in the mountain backdrop. There were quite a few jump ropes to keep the kids busy, not the old fashioned kind of rope jump ropes, but customized jump ropes made with colorful plastic tubing that loudly slapped the sidewalk with each turn.

Little Ms. Eris started out the fun. She is nearly seven and has lately been improving her skills.

Soon the rest of the kids wanted in on the fun so the long rope was put into play.

Athena and Eris wanted a turn as well.

Now this is scary. My mother is 78 years old. She insisted on a turn in the ropes, assisted by her great-grandson Bubba. She made it over the rope for a few rotations before Bubba missed. Thankfully, no broken bones.



Muriel said...

So much fun! Addison and I were bummed that we didn't get the chance to jump. I had to promise I would teach her when we got home.

Eris said...

And in our family, no broken bones is quite an accomplishment.

Mrs. Dub said...

congrats on that eris!!

athena said...

You can't win the broken bone award until you have two in one body! Congrats to D-Rock!

The Numismatist said...

Athena, that post is coming as soon as all of the damage has been assessed.

Wendy said...

Has anyone seen this?!!

The Numismatist said...

Oh my gosh Wendy! That was totally amazing! The rest of you need to take a few minutes and watch that spellbinding video! I'm dripping sweat just having viewed it! Thanks!