Wednesday, January 19, 2011

JUST HANGING

 “You have to hang by your arms for at least 30 seconds.”
“But why?” I asked my daughter as I dangled from the door frame.
“To build strength”.
“In my armpits? That’s where I feel a burning.”
“No, your upper body.”
“And who says to do this?”
“My strength trainer.”
“And when will I ever need to hang like this?
“Mom, just do it.”
Just then I remembered a recent news story–
Brazilian woman saved from ravaging mudslides
When neighbors throw her a lifeline.
OMG! She hung from that lifeline for many, many minutes…
Before her neighbors yanked her up on their roof to safety.
Well, I don’t live in or near Brazil
Or any mudslide area (unless we’re talking drinks)…
But then…
With all the crazy things happening in the world…
And if the apocalypse actually happens…
Could there…
Would there…
Ever be a reason…
Why I would need upper body strength?
To hang?
For a lifeline?
And aw…
If the apocalypse does happen…
I sure do hope I’m published by then, I mean–.
“Earth to mom, snap out of it.”
“Huh?”
“Your mind. It went wandering again.”
“Oh, ha…yeah, guess I was just, uh–
“Mom!”
“Yeah?”
“Just do it!”
And with that encouragement…
I’m just doing it today…
And sending off some queries.

Always, Em-Musing

6 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

LOL. Well good luck hanging around waiting after you send those queries! Because you'll be hanging for a lot longer than 30 seconds ;o)

Patrice said...

I would love to have great upper body strength! I am working on it. But I didn't know "just" hanging helps build it. I do push-ups (yup, girlie-kind) and plank pose and Pilates...but I'll try hanging. Thanks for the tip.

Em-Musing said...

The "hanging" is in conjunction with other upper body exercises. Have you ever tried it? It HURTS! lol!

T. Anne said...

I wonder if hanging would straighten out my back? I'll try this at the park next time. God speed with those queries.

Elena Solodow said...

YaY! Sending many "partial request" thoughts your way!

Jill Kemerer said...

Hanging is so hard--but worth it to avoid the Brazilian landslide--or to get an agent!