Yet another one of those stories. Grab the barf bags. Better safe than spewing chunks on your keyboards.
I picked yoyo as something to do in May of 2011. Just said to my wife “I’m going to Toys R Us and gonna get something”. Well, three of my kids decide to tag along. I think their motivation was “we can probably get him to get us something”. Yeah, it usually works.
So, I go to the Toys R Us, armed with not a lot of information, but determined to get myself a Duncan Reflex and star this whole yoyo thing. I won’t go into what research I did, but it was very minimal. I get there, and I’m already screwed. Well, not immediately. I have to find the end cap where they have the stuff. When I finally find it, then I’m screwed. They got Yomega there, I wasn’t prepare for that. They have some other generic brand too.
OK, we’re down to colors. Blue Reflex? In stock. On the peg. In my hands. Good. Done. It’s so cheap I decide to get an Imperial. No blue, I get green.
So, my boy decides he wants in on this and picks out a red Yomega Brain. My eldest, a girl, doesn’t want anything to do with this. The younger girl wants in, so I get her a YoBall, which just for infomrational purposes, it was broken within 15 minutes of getting unwrapped at home. The other girl, the one who didn’t go, was 3 months, so clearly she could care less about anything other than eating and pooping, and probably in that order.
OK, skip ahead. I’m having fun and am learning and by this point, so I order DM2 from YYE. When that arrives, the eldest girl decides she wants in on this yoyo thing and is DEMANDING a DM2. Right, like that’s gonna happen. My boy is playing with his brain here and there, but being 4 and a half, well, you can’t expect much, but he tries it now and then, often when I am trying stuff. My girl doesn’t want to use the Reflex, and in the meantime I had picked up a blue Yomega Brain and so she started using that.
Jumping forward again to my 2nd YYE order. These two kids seem to be interested in this, so what to get? At this point, I’ve learned a bit so I can make some informed decisions. I chose three YYF ONE’s. Two in blue, one in black. A blue one had the DVD package, the other blue and the black had the 2 bearings. Of course, extra string too. The motivation: if the kids could do the gravity pull with the Brain, they were ready to move up to a ONE.
My girl got her ONE a month later I think. But after that she’s been a bit inconsistent, but she wants to jump beyond where she should be, which has been frustrating for her. It takes my boy 5 months to get his ONE. This was set back by his mother misplacing his BRAIN for a month, but he finally made it.
So, now we jump to today. Myself, I’m amassing a collection, I’ve got more time to throw an get better. Double or nothing, Mach 5, I’m almost ready for The Matrix. But the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to have the kids learn something besides gravity pull. The girl has been working on Jamaican Flag, but skipping rock the baby, walk the dog and other precursors. I can’t convince her otherwise. But the boy is learning. Slowly, but he’s 5 now and he’s starting to have a better attention span. He’s got gravity pull, he’s learning to adjust his sleeper by bringing it back and adjusting his throw. Rock the Baby is too much right now but he can walk the dog.
Now, today I have to go to a client’s house to do some computer consulting. He goes with me so I can use the carpool lane, which saved a lot of time. Anyhow, my client has 3 girls. Him and his one trick, he’s impressing the ladies.
I’m not sure if I should be proud or a bit worried. “Yay, he’s 5 and already performing” or “he’s using it to pick up chicks and he’s only 5… isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with that?”
Regardless, this is a fun activity that two of my kids are enjoying.
Oh, regarding the 2 year old with the YoBall that she broke? Well, that was returned and I got this wooden Bear yoyo. She proceeded to beat the two who have yoyos with it. It was taken away as a result. She wanted it back a couple of weeks ago so I gave it back. She again beat the other two with it. However, when she’s not beating the crap out of others with it, she’s trying to do tricks with it. The string is purposely jammed into the axle as this is a real simple old-school yoyo. I think there is potential in there once she can get over trying to beat up everyone.
Yes, this is what the yoyo is about. Fun and sharing.