Because today is National Yo-Yo Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Yo-Yo. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
I really don’t have much to say about the yo-yo. I remember old commercials for Duncan Yo-Yos that claimed, “If it isn’t a Duncan it isn’t a yo-yo.” Mighty bold statement there, Duncan.
I’ve never been able to do too many impressive tricks with a yo-yo. If I have a decent one where the string isn’t too tight around the axle, I can make it sleep. That’s where you throw the yo-yo down and it hangs at the end of the string but keeps spinning. Then you yank it back up and it climbs back up the string.
From there, it’s fairly simple to Walk the Dog, where you make it sleep, then drag it along the floor before yanking it up. I’ve tried the Around the World, where you make it sleep then swing it in a circle before yanking it up. That usually results in something behind me that I didn’t know was there getting broken.
The most complicated trick I’ve ever pulled off is Rocking the Cradle and I’ve only done that once. I’m not sure I can accurately describe it in words… You make the yo-yo sleep, then you pull up the string to make it look like you’ve got the yo-yo swinging like a cradle. The only time I pulled that one off was when I was working in a school and they had just given yo-yos out to the kids as a drug awareness week deal. One of the kids I worked with asked me to try it. And when I did it, he got so excited that he screamed. Then we all got in trouble because the mean teacher next door was trying to give a kid a test. She really didn’t like us.
Mostly, when I think of yo-yos, I think of an old episode of The Simpsons where a group of professional yo-yo performers came to the school and then everyone was obsessed with yo-yos. Of course, this was all just build up for Bart to get detention, then it became an episode about Mrs. Krabappel’s love life… or lack thereof. It’s a classic.
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