I’ll share a little secret with you. I’ve always told people I can’t dance. That, I’m afraid, is a kind of fib that I’ve retained for most of my life. Turns out, my older sister ended up abruptly terminating my budding dancing career in the 50’s, when she attempted to teach me the Lindy. Unfortunately for her, she was the recipient of beaucoup shin kicks because… well, it’s because I have this congenital abnormality: two left feet. (I wasn’t aware of it until I kept kicking her.) But, of course, I can in fact dance (kick dancing?) And everyone else can dance, too. So, okay, maybe not like Fred and Ginger, or Gene Kelly and Leslie Carron, but everyone can sway, jump, tap, skip or whatever they do nowadays, around the dance floor.
Now, here’s why I’m bringing this up. When we started the juggling, several Pongers and volunteers said they couldn’t do it. That, it turns out, was the equivalent fallacy of someone like me saying they can’t dance. The fact is, in our PD group, the majority can now do a “flash” or a 3 ball cascade. Yes, they can juggle! They do it. It proves that with good motivation and perseverance, we all can accomplish stuff that we might have previously deemed unthinkable and unachievable.
Footnote: Having convinced myself that I could now dance, I asked my sister if she would teach me some new steps. She said, “Of course, baby brother, as soon as my shins heal.” Lao Du