Thursday, October 28, 2010
Learning to Stand On Our Heads
25 October 2010
I'm in Ohio, and my niece and her friend want to learn to stand on their heads.
I show them how to make a tripod consisting of two hands or elbows and the head. We practice. I do stand on my head--I can--but I haven't thought to do so for years.
And so I begin to wonder--when do we lose the enthusiasm for such dramatic shifts in perspective and in the orientations of our bodies? At eight, most of us thirst for such upside-down intensities. But scrape adulthood and all of our dignity gets vested in staying upright. --Or, if we do now and then stand on our heads, it is within the context of a practice, like yoga, or anti-gravity exercises, and not for the sheer glee of seeing our feet in the clouds.
It's a pity--and why hanging out with kids can be such fun. They're so inventive and so erratic. And honestly, who doesn't need to balance her head on the ground now and then?
Rachael DuLaney in the leaves--or are the leaves on Rachael?
Thanks Rachael for all of your laughter and great ideas!