Child’s Play

bees airlines iPod camera photography weddings vacation parkway We were house-bound a good bit of the time in Dakota, but even so, we were able to do some “fun” things with Abby.

She’d never had much chance to jump rope, but her dad had a professional-quality rope (leather?) that was of course, too long for Abby, but worked very well with two people operating the controls (Granny Anny and the Dumpster).

With considerable practice, Abby learned to run in while the rope was high, and even jump and turn ’round a couple of times. She was quite proud, and so were we. And it burned off a little of that surplus of energy that six-year-olds need to vent (but ~60 year olds, not so much.) Here you can see she has pretty good hang-time–some good springs in those young legs!

We also worked a little on using the bow-and-arrow that had arrived earlier in the week from Goose Creek by mail. There’s more coordination to such a simple thing than you’d think, until you break down all the steps that have to be learned in sequence to make it work.

She finally got to where she could get one of the suction-cup-tipped arrows pretty much across the downstairs room–another new skill under her belt.

However, those feathers (that were simply for looks, glued to one side of the shaft) were too much temptation for Maggie the cat, who promptly picked up an arrow in her mouth and ran off with it and ate the “bird” part of the arrow. Bad cat!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. that’s really a gorgeous photo!!!and a cute little girl…
    I always read you regularly…
    see you