***This was originally published on the Chicago Moms***
The girls really want to learn how to jump rope. They asked me to teach them as soon as we could get outside to practice. You know what this means, don’t you? I need to practice jumping rope.
As a child, I could jump rope, but I was never a jump rope expert. No one ever marveled at my ability to criss-cross my feet or jump between two ropes at once. No one ever invited me to jump competitively. I just did it for fun.
Now I’m feeling a little pressure since I haven’t jumped rope in years. I mean I picked up a jump rope here and there when the nieces were young. I occasionally jumped rope during a fitness class. Those days were far and few between — and a long time ago.
So, if you happen to see me in the backyard jumping rope, please don’t laugh. Yes, I know it’s good exercise. Right now though, I’m just trying to gain a little coordination so I don’t completely embarrass myself in front of my daughters.