Saturday, July 4, 2009

Hula Hooping

When I was 10 years old, at the height of the hula hoop craze in the '50s, I won a hula hoop contest sponsored by Dad's regiment at a summer event. At the time, I was skinny and straight and could twirl the hoop around my waist, up over my arms to my neck, back down to my waist and then to my knees and back up to my waist...without ever dropping it. Unfortunately some other kids could do that as well so for the final 'act', those of us left hooping had to start walking around in a large circle while keeping the hoop twirling. The other kids dropped like flies and I alone was left standing...the first time in my life I had ever won anything! It was the highlight of my childhood. My first place prize was a pink wallet and key case set.

It's nice to see my granddaughters playing with hula hoops now. The other day Charlie was demonstrating her skills for me.


6 comments:

Megan said...

That must be my problem hula hooping--the skinny and straight thing. I'll work on that. Great job Charlie, though

sara said...

Charlie's mommy was a master hula hooper too. :-)

Mike said...

I was quite the competitive hula hooper at Astral Drive Elementary myself. Of course, I was skinny and straight at the time.

Amy said...

I guess we'll have to have a hula-hooping contest at the next family reunion. -Amy

Mary said...

I hope you are referring to the kids Amy cause my mad skills ( I also won a competition) have long since passed me by...however Layla can nearly take flight with her hula hooping!

Mickey said...

Such a talented family! :)