Too Much Time on Our Hands

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Is there such a thing as too much time on your hands?

Yes, I believe so.

And there is also a thing about balancing how you spend your precious time.

Larry and I have been spending just about every waking hour together, and I’m discovering things about this man that I never knew, and believe me when I say you can’t unknow what you’ve come to know.

For example, I discovered Larry has a morbid fear of dishwashers (he can get a dish to the sink but no further), he’s taken to wearing a headband out to dinner (and people compliment him?), and oddly enough he can not resist a worthy challenge.

I found this old photo of Larry and me, I believe it was premarriage, but you can’t be sure. Clearly, we were in our early twenties, obviously tired of backgammon, and forced to discover new forms of entertainment.

The impetus for getting ourselves in such a pose had not been fully established but what I do know is Larry is looking down my shirt!

How rude.

We were staying with his parents at their Kono Tayee estate, I assume one of them snapped this photo, and it’s been sitting in a basket up at the lake ever since. I glance at it ever now and then, shake my head, and return it to the basket.

Recently I decided to make a copy of the image, thinking I’d frame it, and hang it up at our lake house. You know, for posterity and all, a reminder that we were young once, and remarkably agile.

I don’t know why, but the image always makes me smile, and sort of sigh as if nostalgic for the good old days.

So we’re sitting around the house, thumbing through the plethora of programs now available on Netflix, and I said something banal like, “I wonder if we could pull that off at our age?”

What was I thinking?

Larry says, “I’m certainly strong enough”

“Really honey? Are you insinuating there has been a shift in my anatomy? And besides, we don’t have a beanbag!” Not to mention I’m a total fail at balancing and have a minor fear of heights?

“A beanbag?”

“You know when you recreate an old image by wearing the same clothes, getting in the same position, with a similar background, except you’re decades older? It’s a thing.”

“Never heard of it.”

“I’m shocked, hey, do you still have that shirt?”

“That shirt – No”

“I definitely don’t have my shirt, which you are looking down by the way.”

“I’m focusing on keeping you airborne.”

“And smirking?”

He looks me up and down, “I think I could hold you?”

“Not reassuring.”

“Yeah, I could do it.”

“Well, I guess we’ll never know, will we?”

It’s the “will we” that got me into trouble. Before I know what’s happening he’s on the floor balancing a pillow with his feet.

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
–Bruce Lee

He says, “nothing to it.”

I don’t have the heart to tell him I weigh slightly more than a pillow, as he kicks the fluffy square into the air, narrowly missing my plant!

I muddled something under my breath about the status of our health insurance but Looney ignores me.

“Come on we have nothing to lose.”

“Only my dignity, and my ability to walk, and breath, other than that, we’re all good.”

“Can I just advise, if you feel like you’re falling, lean to the left.”

Famous last words…

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou 

I’m Living in the Gap, practicing Acro Yoga, with Looney as my partner.

What are you all doing with your spare time?

Anecdotes:

  • “Opportunities will come and go, but if you do nothing about them, so will you.” Richie Norton
  • “Live is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller
  • “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” E. E. Cummings
  • “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” Unknown
  • Instructional video for you adventurous types, please drop your pics in the comments

 

 

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  1. Too adorable. I love the photo recreation which you pulled off nicely. The Maya Angelou quote you mention is my favorite– words to live by. Glad you’re making new memories and finding ways to keep smiling. Stay well.

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    1. Thanks Ana, it took a few tries to get me airborne, but we held it long enough for my son to snap the picture! It’s fun to recreate old shots especially challenging poses that involve a little risk. Thanks for the lovely comment! All my best, C

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    1. Clearly, we need to invest in some new forms of entertainment, ones that don’t come with a health risk, or physical requirements. Thrilled to have entertained you momentarily! The dismount was egregious but thankfully not recorded. C

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    1. Hi Britt! I was smiling because Larry was tickling me with his feet! Almost peed my pants! But yes, we were both a little desperate for some S.I.P. fun, thank God no permanent damage occurred. I’m thinking maybe we try cutting each other’s hair next week? Thanks for the comment, C

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, we had fun trying to figure out if we could hold the position long enough to take a picture, and of course getting airborne was a challenge! Never a dull moment! Love the quote, “the best is yet to be!” Absolutely, C

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  2. Fantastic!!! I love a good recreation of an old photo. You both seem to share a good sense of humor as well 💛😉 I think the extra time on your hands is well spent!

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  3. HI,
    Enjoyed this post. Amazing how people can look at the same thing and reach a different conclusion. I saw the balancing photo and instantly thought, “Cheryl is exposing her chest to Larry, good thing he is looking or he would be in deep doo.” As far as how one gets into that position, I suspect you were throwing yourself on him and he was keeping you at bay as gently as possible. Of course, as your video shows, you may have been doing a little yoga.
    Anyway, it was good to read this post. Glad you two are still loving life.
    Favorite quote was Helen Keller.
    Totally agree with dfolstad58.

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    1. Hi Mike! So glad you enjoyed this one but can I just say your conclusion is spot on! Bahaha! I’m still throwing myself at that man and he’s never been able to “keep me at bay.” I recently heard from your lovely wife Gail and she is browsing through your old pictures for one to recreate! The bar is set high my friend, can’t wait for your recreation to be posted, and might I just add, if the position is tricky, have a spotter on hand! And I agree, the best is yet to be. Miss you two.

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  4. This is beautiful! It is so obvious the love between you too and so refreshing and funny! I loved seeing you recreate the photo (and yes… he was looking down your shirt lol)

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    1. Hi Kristine! Thank you, and yes, we have an unusual way of expressing our love, especially while sheltering in place! I think we’re a little bored, and thank you for confirming my suspicions, I feel validated! Hope to see you again at Living in the Gap! All my best, C

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    1. Hi Debbie, overjoyed to have brought a little humor to your morning! I’ve been looking at the picture for years and just now I was thinking, if not now, I can put that recreation to rest! We’re not getting any younger – or lighter! All my best to you, C

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