Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Our gang did.
Pretty much the entire neighborhood did or at least tried. I think we actually might have seen an old circus movie or some character on the Ed Sullivan Show walking with them. Anyway, something caught our attention and dropped the idea in our brains. We found a pile of skinny, 8 ft. pieces of lumber and nailed smaller scraps to them for our foot rests, depending how high off the ground we wanted to be. Then 7-8 of us went traipsing through the neighborhood. Stilt-walking is all about balance. If you can ride a bike, you can 'do' stilts. A bit of practice, some falling, a little blood-letting, and we were ready to attack the neighborhood sidewalks. I must admit, we caught the eye of even the adults that we used to drive crazy with our antics. I think I remember a few smiles too coming across even the stodgiest of faces. Seeing a bunch of crazy 12 year-olds moving around, our heads about 7 feet off the ground, could create that sort of reaction. Even some of the 'little kids' of the neighborhood got on to the bandwagon and attempted to construct them. Of course the newness of walking like that wore off after a couple of weeks, and we were on to other adventures. After all, we had probably hit the doldrums of the early dog days of August and these pre-teens boys needed something else to entertain them and fast. The specter of having girlfriends had hardly reached our horizon. Boy, were we so not ready for that eye-opening experience.
Let's see running around on stilts or getting a girlfriend?
Which one would we pick?
That was an easy call.
By the way, no, we didn't wear pants like this guy.
But we were UP there!