I Had A Fleeting Vision

Gymnastics, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 13 May 2014 @ 2:01 PM 25 Comments

I had a fleeting vision
that maybe it’s not too
late for ME to learn

to swing ’round & ’round
like that, until… I recalled
those two times a few


years ago I had to ride
that thing… (thought I
would die both times.)



Nope. I’ll leave
all that whirling
twirling powerstuff

to the Pea,
as in “Sweet Pea,”
Jr. Olympian, Level 7.

oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo to all.

P.S. I have not been out in blogland for a while, but I DO have blog-hopping penciled in for two whole hours on Thursday, May 15th, whooohooo!!!!

1st “Pirate Ship Terror Ride” photo credit to… “Japan Ryan“, Blogspot.
Thanks, Ryan, if you ever read this.

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  • 1

    On 13 May 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Mama Zen said, 

    You would never get me on that thing!

  • 2

    On 13 May 2014 at 4:25 pm

    brian miller said, 

    ha. she did really well…nice big swings….
    and yeah, i know better than to try now…lol

  • 3

    On 14 May 2014 at 4:27 am

    kaykuala said, 

    The youngsters would certainly enjoy them. But not one with a weak heart as we adults! Wonderful write and great pics, Jannie!


  • 4

    On 14 May 2014 at 8:46 am

    Nessa said, 

    More power to the Sweet Pea, cause it’s definitely not for me.

  • 5

    On 14 May 2014 at 9:41 am

    Linda said, 

    I’ll leave those activities to those more suited to them – like your little twirling girl. I had some not-so-wonderful experiences with rides…many years ago. Happy hump day!

  • 6

    On 14 May 2014 at 9:57 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Now you realize you inadvertently trained that whirling motion with the amusement park rides, n possibly by going to Disney World!

    I get too sea sick at work- Never mind that bar! But in boats, not so much…

  • 7

    On 15 May 2014 at 4:19 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie – so pleased Sweet Pea is doing so well … methinks she’s stretched herself on that thing and grown 6 inches?! Good for and I’m so pleased she’s being so successful and obviously still enjoying it .. hugs from me xoxox Hils

  • 8

    On 15 May 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Sara Healy said, 

    Oh, I do understand how you feel. I couldn’t even do the twirling teacups. I was absolutely no fun when the fair came into town. Even Ferris Wheels made me kind of sick.

    Seeing your twirling, whirling girl on the high bars is exciting, but I imagine there are times when you have to peak through two of the hands trying to hide your eyes when she is flying high:~) Or am I projecting:~)

  • 9

    On 16 May 2014 at 5:06 am

    Lynn said, 

    I can’t wait to see Kelly in the Olympics and tell everyone I know her.

    I like roller coasters, but not sure about that swinging thing…


  • 10

    On 16 May 2014 at 10:33 am

    Jannie said, 

    Mama Z, I prayed to live the whole time! Now, I make sure we have one of her friends along so all I have to do is stand around and take photos. And eat a candy apple!

    Yeah, Bri, I think there is more than meets the eye to those giants. Actually, they look easy compared to that cast-to-handstand, which she says she is working at getting her arms straighter on. Amazing work she’s doing!!

    Hey, Hank my heart seems to be okay with the ride, but it’s my stomach that keeps saying No, no, no. :) I used to LIVE for the chance to get on those rides, at her age. What’s happened to me??!! :)

    Nessa, Yep, it’s a whole ‘nother world. I think I’ll stick to the rhythm, timing, pulse and power of poetry and such-like, and I bet you will too!

    Hey, Linda — so you were not so much of a Ride Girl, as a child? I forget that not all kids dig those things. And now it’s Friday!!! Are you off work for the weekend?

    Snaggle — seasick at work, now I’m even more intrigued about your job. Is your bakery on a boat?? Wait, no — you do fine on boats. Maybe they have your floor fun house “moving” style to keep you on your toes while you mix and stir? :)

    HILS!! She’s still a wee one, but yes growing some. And practically ready to jump up to the next shoe size too! Yes, she enjoys it a lot, and especially so now that she’s training with a new group, rejoined with some of her best friends at the gym and making awesome new ones!!!

    Sara, I’m sure you were LOTS of fun at the fair in your own way!! Maybe wore the snazziest clothes and threw a mean skeeball, or whatever that’s called? Now that she’s got her giants I think the next step is possibly learning a stunning stuck dismount out of it, which I’m not at all worried about because her coaches really spot them well on the tricky manoeuvres. It’ll be fun to see what she learns next!

    Now, who is my Mystery Commenter since I read these comments yesterday…

    Lynnie Muffin! So, you like roller coasters?! How often do you go on them? Which ones have you ventured? You are so sweet. The Big Olympics may or may not be in Kelly’s future, but she certainly does want to reach Level 10 eventually. So she says!!

    Okay, I now have 27 minutes to visit blogs, before my next hourly activity rotation kicks in.



  • 11

    On 18 May 2014 at 12:54 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Going around like that isn’t as bad when you have some sense of control. So to the “fun” ride – not for me, thank you.

  • 12

    On 18 May 2014 at 3:14 am

    claudia said, 

    ah beautiful how elegant she’s doing that swinging round and round – nothing for me though as well… i get so dizzy that i feel like a zombie afterwards..
    ha – happy sunday!!

  • 13

    On 21 May 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Alice, I am amazed at the power, grace and timing of bars. Then… to stop completely at the top for a moment before powering into other moves — breath-taking!

    Claudia, I know what you mean — going on a ride like that ship would take me a day to recover from, I’m sure. Yikes. :)


  • 14

    On 21 May 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Gabriella said, 

    I would never get in one of those things either. And I was hopeless at Gymnastics. However I enjoy Pirate Ships. They’re good fun. I fee like I have been to a fair now.

  • 15

    On 21 May 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Mary said, 

    I don’t think it is ever too late to dream. If a person no longer can dream, what is the purpose of life. Keep writing….and dreaming.

  • 16

    On 22 May 2014 at 7:25 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    ’cause I step back n forth over a moving belt wearing reading glasses.

  • 17

    On 22 May 2014 at 10:43 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    I work over a moving conveyor belt full of food to pick up n put on screens, while wearing reading glasses!

  • 18

    On 22 May 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Hey, Hey,
    What do ya say?

    Gabriella, avast Matey. What’s your favorite Pirate Ship?

    Mary Dearest, you get the prize for the dreamiest comment. YOU keep writing and dreaming too!!!!

    Snaggle, two visits. I am so honored. And dow did you know I’ve been thinking of you so much lately? So….. picking up food from a moving conveyor belt to put on screens. That sounds way cool! I made my own home-made paper once and put it on a screen to dry, but a stationary screen. And I didn’t need reading glasses back in them there days. S…o are you like Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory with the belt going faster and faster all the time? :)


  • 19

    On 23 May 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Dr. J said, 

    lol! The tilt-a-whirl did me in!

  • 20

    On 24 May 2014 at 7:01 am

    Grace said, 

    I will be scared to even get up there ~ She is a brave girl ~ Lovely to see you Jannie ~

  • 21

    On 28 May 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey,Dr. J. The Tilt-a-Whirl is actually one of the few I can still enjoy, from so much practice as a kid maybe. Always been my favorite fair ride.

    Hey Dear Grace, we got to see more of her brave cool moves yesterday during Parent Watching. She’s putting a lot of effort into her “clear hip” now.


  • 22

    On 1 June 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    I’m sure there are even some gymnasts who get nauseous on amusement park rides — actually, I know it for a fact, because I did a lot of gymnastics as a kid but nonetheless went running for the restroom immediately after experiencing a few rollercoasters.

  • 23

    On 5 June 2014 at 11:06 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Dear Chris, sorry for your nauseous times of yore. How long did you do gymnastics? I especially admire the pommel horse in mens’ gym. Looks super-challenging, to say the least. And to say the most, I said to Kelly “that’s not a sport event, looks more like torture.” :)


  • 24

    On 5 June 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Life seems to spin you around or take you for a loop only until you recognize you are the energy propelling the spin itself, that which appears to be spinning and everything in between. Every revelation empowers you to savor the moment more, feel the wind brush against your face, the excitement building in your chest, and the unlimited appreciation you feel for being alive right now.

  • 25

    On 6 June 2014 at 9:20 am

    Jannie said, 

    And just when I’m feeling life is as good as it can get, in pops Liara to spin the happy energy up. Thank you, Dear Liara for your gift of revelation pointers.


    Now, which 10 (or 15) photos from the past 6 weeks or so shall I put in my next post.

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