Here’s something strange and unknown about me:
I do this weird thing. I’m not even sure if I can accurately explain it.
It all started in the 8th grade. I used to be in track. I loved it. I never could run long distances but I was always fast. I was on the relay teams, but my favorite thing was the 100 yard dash hurdles. I won all the time with that race. For some reason it came natural to me.
Running that race has a lot to do with timing…obviously. To practice while in the car I started doing this thing with my head and feet. Now, no one would ever know I was doing this because I looked like I’m being still, but on the inside I was running a race.
In my head my toes would run (they actually moved) and when the car would come up to a crack in the street or a shadow I would jump just like I would jump over a hurdle. But like I said no one would see me jump I would just pick up my toes like I was jumping and I would pretend that I was jumping.
Well, all these years later I still do it! I do it all the time! I don’t necessarily think of them as hurdles any more. I just keep my toes moving around all the cracks, shadows and tar marks on the street. I don’t even think about it anymore. I just do it. I’ll catch myself doing it and then I try to think back to where in the trip I began it.
Here’s something funny. I never thought anyone would ever understand this little thing I do UNTIL…Joey told me one day, “Hey Mom, I do this weird thing with my feet.” I looked at him with intense eyes as he explained this laser game he plays with the edges of the couch. It’s the same game! In our house he plays it with any straight line that’s in the house. He pretends that there’s a laser beam that he has to jump over so he won’t break the line. HOW INTERESTING IS THAT? I mean, of course I didn’t teach him my own game. How could I? He just made up his own strange game like mine.
Every once in awhile we’ll be in the car and he will tell me that he’s playing his laser game. Then I tell him that I’m playing my line game too.
Do any of you know what in the world I’m talking about?