Seth on Stilts

The Maker on Stilts

Summer’s here and The Maker, nearly eleven, has an entire raft of projects underway.

Recently he disappeared for most of an afternoon and came home walking on these fantastic stilts that he made with his grandpa.

Me: Dude! Those are awesome!

TM: Thanks.

Me: How long did it take you to learn to walk on them?

TM: Three or four tries.

Me: How tall are they?

TM: The brace is eighteen inches.

Me: So what do you plan to do on them??

TM: Probably get past the creek to places I haven’t been.

Me: Oh. (thinking for a moment) Where haven’t you been?

TM: Past the creek.

Me: Well, right. Of course. So you can wade across the creek on those things?

TM: Sure.

Me: Can you go up stairs?

TM: Yup.

Me: What can’t you do on your stilts?

TM: Kick a soccer ball. And I can’t do “no hands” but I can do “one hand.” I hold one stilt in my hand and the other in my elbow pit.

Me: Do you think girls will like your new stilts?

TM: (uninterested) Sure.

Naturally I commandeered the new stilts for my own turn. None of the boys believed I would get up on the first try, but they didn’t know I had spent half my growing up years on stilts.

Stilts!

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15 Responses to The Maker on Stilts

  1. Margaret Reyes Dempsey June 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Those are so much cooler than those Romper Stompers I used to walk around on while watching Romper Room. Do you remember those things? 😉

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 1, 2011 at 11:12 am #

      Oh yeah, babeee. I think I had an actual plastic pair once, and we made homemade Romper Stompers out of fat tomato cans and nylon rope. My mother made us use them outdoors because they would have destroyed the linoleum. The Maker has made those before, too.

      Today he is sewing on his newly-repaired sewing machine. Making a pillow, I think. Also he has all his calligraphy stuff out.

      Not sure how I got such an interesting set of urchins, but I did.

      You have any urchins of your own, M?

      • Margaret Reyes Dempsey July 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

        Yes, an eleven-year-old boy who is wonderfully quirky, funny, and good-hearted. 🙂

        • Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

          I think I knew that, actually.

          And now I remember thinking “If these two ever got together, the world would never be the same. It would be infinitely better.”

  2. Girlboxing July 5, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    How awesome is that! I am, however, a scare-d-cat’s scare-d-cat when it comes to walking in ’em!

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 5, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      I think the trick is to start small, GB. My dad was telling me last night about how his first pair was only a couple inches off the ground. Then, once he was used to them, his father helped him build at really tall set.

      I didn’t have a low pair to learn on, but Margaret and I started out on Romper Stompers, which have a similar feel. Did you have a pair of those?

  3. Jeffry Hogberg July 5, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Love it!!!!!!!!! keeps them thinking,

  4. Laura July 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Your kids are awesome!

  5. Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Thanks, y’all. 🙂

  6. Amy Scheer July 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    He’s tall even without the stilts! I’ve got one the same age–isn’t it crazy when you’re no longer finding them under your elbow? this kid can knock me down with a lean.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      Between you, Margaret, GB, and me I guess we have a passel of kids this age. A quorum. Herd? 🙂 Just wait until all of them have blogs, Lordy. Brace yourselves, girlfriends.

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