Tuesday, July 4, 2017
I juggled at Silver Park for several hours! It was the longest time on my feet since my leg injury, and I'm happy to say I only needed my crutches a few times!
I juggled four clubs and five and six balls and I juggled with giant hands! I taught many kids and adults how to juggle, and a few of them earned three balls from me for learning to juggle three balls!
The first kid to learn three-ball juggling was 10-year-old Abby, who I taught last year, and came back for more this year! She refreshed her memory of juggling from last year, and then rose up past her previous skills by throwing six or more throws with three balls ("Level 3 juggling"). So I gave her three juggling balls!
I had many helpers July 4! Early on, I had help from Marissa and Dylan, my niece and her brother. Marissa was the first of several kids who helped me juggle with my new giant hands, which I made just for July 4. Dylan helped me watch my things while I was teaching, and stayed many times when I had to leave my equipment temporarily.
For July 4, I made special new juggling hands, three times as big as my other ones, and bigger balls to go with them! The new hands proved difficult to work with, but some kids and I had fun trying to figure out how to juggle three of the giant balls!
So many kids and young adults came to try some juggling, to try racket tricks and to play "racket catch!" Kylie, Jennifer, Torian, Tyler, Zack, Sam, Mia, Ashton, Kevin, Dominic, Cole, Nick, and more!
At 7:40 I was invited to juggle at the stage for the audience gathered there, while the DJ played "Baba O'Riley" and several other songs! It was my crowning achievement! And then after I juggled, several of the Carnation Queen contestants asked me to teach them juggling! :P
During the day there were a few kids who stuck with me for a long time! Among them were Kylie, Ashton, and Nick. They stayed and practiced juggling while I was at the stage.
Nick, in particular, learned three balls and went on to juggling two clubs! We were passing back and forth and doing progressively more difficult tasks! He earned three juggling balls! He invited his Dad over to watch us practice! I hope I see Nick and/or his Dad in the future at some of my daily juggling lessons.
Nick kept juggling until the very last moment when I packed up and left. And then there were fireworks! And the night was over.
Thanks to everyone who helped me and encouraged me on July 4! I can't wait to do it agan until next year!