Ben Balancing Stick on Rock at Sunset
After we had a bonfire this evening and I was done toasting my hot dog I casually flipped my stick up in the air and balanced it almost perfectly still on my finger tip. That wowed the crowd (of four). It’s important to have an arsenal of these tricks.
Hope said it was impossible. Then she amended that it must be magic. After some thought she wanted to try it herself. Soon everyone was balancing sticks and discussing the art of inertia. Longer sticks are easier. Look at the top, not the bottom. Pointy sticks can be spun orbiting the center of mass. Standing up is easier than sitting down like I was in the beginning. With some practice one can flip the stick in the air and catch it back on one’s finger to balance again, toss it high and don’t hit anyone! One stick on each hand is a lot more difficult. Hope says that one stick on each finger is impossible. I’m working on it.
Hope, age six, is determined to master this skill. Ben has gotten quite good at it as he demonstrates standing up on a a rock backlit by the evening’s sunset light to the east. Red at night… Sailor’s delight.
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