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Then: Hula Hoops

Now: Jumping Through Hoops

Remember back in the day when the hula hoop came into our lives?  It looked like a simple thing to master.  Slip it around your waist and twist your hips so that the hoop didn't fall to the ground.  For some, it wasn't that easy. Truth is, I was quite good at it.  I couldn't spin it around my arms and legs, or around my neck, or walk up and down stairs.  Or juggle tennis balls while hula hooping. Nothing fancy, really.  But I could keep it around my waist for, well, forever.  I usually had to just stop moving and let it fall to my feet.  For this ability, I won a few contests.  Nothing world-wide or anything.  And my name certainly isn't in any book of records.  But I could keep that hoop spinning.

These days, more than spinning a hoop, I find that I'm jumping through one just keep my life in order.  And have been for years.  

When my kids were little, I balanced a full-time job with carpooling obligations to Girl Scout functions, Little League games, birthday parties.  There was always someone that needed to be someplace other than at home.  Not to mention doctor appointments, teacher-parent meetings, trips to the mall, the grocery store, the library, the pharmacy,  the pet store.  I'm sure you get what I'm saying.  A normal day in the life of a Working Mom.    

I didn't get very far up the corporate ladder.  But even in my lowly position, there were games that needed playing.  Unspoken rules that employees had to obey in order to stay in the asset section of the balance sheet.  

And so it went...and so it still goes.  

The layers of my family have expanded.  Above me, are my parents.  Below, my daughter and her children.  When we're all together it's a smorgasbord of  emotions.  Keeping it all tasty can take some work.  Some fine-tuned hoop jumping.      

And while I thought the big R would meet me up with me some time in the near future, that's not the case.  The financial world took an unexpected turn.  One I hadn't paid for - but one I'm paying for now.  So, instead of hugging Retirement close to me at night, resting my head on her pillow, I'm wide-awake spending time with Rethink.  And let me tell you, we've shared many a sunrise together.    

So, when it gets to be too much, do you know what I do?  I go visit my grandkids, pick up their hula hoops and twist away - as if I didn't have a care in the world.  And you know what?  When I'm with them -- that's just how it feels.



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      Sandyde wrote Feb 15, 2009
    • Great blog, Janie! I tend to turn to old movies. They remind of a time that’s gone forever but still near and dear to my heart.

      p.s., the hula hoop never came that easy for me. It took lots of work, to which I did not and still do not aspire happy

      Sandy



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      Lindao wrote Feb 15, 2009
    • Oh, do I ever identify with you, Janie—except that I never did get very good with hula hoops!  But Rethink and I are becoming close acquaintances these days.  I don’t have grandkids yet, but at least my dogs help by demanding lots of attention! —LindaO



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      Tinaf wrote Feb 15, 2009
    • I was never as good at hula hooping as I wanted to be, and as recently as a few years ago, was still trying!  As far as relieving stress, I often find internet surfing of my favorite sites—like your blog (am I kiss up or what?)—to be relaxing!



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      Justjer wrote Feb 15, 2009
    • How well I remember the hula hoop...but for some reason I don’t really recall how good (or not) I was with it back then.  I do know that I would be really bad at it now.  On the other hand, I guess I was OK at jumping through hoops (in my own way), and as a result of that and a lot of good fortune, I am now retired and no longer have to jump through many.  Which means I actually have time to practice such skills as hula-hooping. Ahhh, but alas, I do not have the inclination. Although our circumstances are very different, Janie, I always enjoy your blogs, and am able to relate, so please, keep them coming.  Jj



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      Sylvia wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Guess I was too old back then to try the hula hoops, but I
      do remember jumping through hoops to complete everything I
      had to do and wanted to do. Now, I can sit back and enjoy
      my old age. I am one of the lucky ones who was able to
      retire early and have plenty of time to smell the roses.
      Hopfully, Janie, your day will come pretty soon. Keep up
      these great blogs and you will be discovered for the
      fabulous writer that you are. Just keep your head up and
      your spirit up while jumping through those hoops.
      Sylvia



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      Janie Emaus wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Sandy - I love old movies, too.

      Tina- Thanks for the compliment about my blog.  I’m glad find it relaxing.

      Linda - You, me and Rethink should go out for a drink sometime.

      Justjer - I envy you.  Do you enjoy being retired?

      Sylvia - You always have such great advice.

      Janie



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      Chattycathie wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Janie,

      You should try the hula hoop on WII fit, you probably would blow everyone away on your score.

      As far as retirement, I decided long ago its not what its cracked up to be. I think the key is finding a job you enjoy and working it in your own time.  My dad was self employed most of his life.  He love his work, but he also loved his play.  He balanced the both, creating his own schedule.  He worked until he was 79 and would of continued to work, if his health had made it a little more difficult for him to get around.  But the day he retired, he started to get old.  He still wishes he could work.  If you enjoy what you do, it never seems like work.  Your writing seems like what you love and your really good at it. Don’t retire from it.  We would all miss your thoughts.  

      Cathie

      Here is a site that might help.

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      Pamaloon wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Hi Janie!

      When I was little, we gave up on the hoola hoop and just used it as a giant frizbee! ;)

      As I’m with you on the Rethink. I’m Rethinking a lot these days, with two kids in college, and a “new” financial situation.

      If you throw in a glass of wine (or whine), I’ll come over for hoola hoop lessons!
      Great post!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Cathie - I’ll never stop writing.  It’s that other job that gets in the way!  Thanks for your comment.

      Janie



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      Janie Emaus wrote Feb 16, 2009
    • Pam -  I’ve got the bottle.  Be here by six.  And let’s leave Rethink at home.  He’s no fun!



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      Dtro wrote Feb 17, 2009
    • Clever blog title. It brightened my day. Thank you!
      Remember that toy...a ring attach to a wire attached to a ball. You wear the ring around one ankle and spin it around that ankle while simultaneously jumping over the wire and ball with the other foot? What what that thing called??



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      Janie Emaus wrote Feb 17, 2009
    • Teeky - I’d say more movin’ and a grovin‘.  Thanks for you comment.

      Dtro - I do remember that toy, but not the name.  I’m glad I brightened your day!



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      Dtro wrote Feb 17, 2009
    • Janie 5010,
      U look 2 young to be a grandmother!



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      Diane Klapper wrote Mar 31, 2009
    • JANIE,            Your on a Roll, and I have a large Muffin right around my middle that seems to expand. I wish I could Hula Hoop I did try it with my daughter and grandson one day but I couldn’t keep it even for 5 seconds. Knowing you, you’ll forever doing Hoops and Leaps.
      Love giva



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