“It’s not damaged, it’s full of memories!”

My husband, Christopher, and I are still getting back to juggling.  Slowly but… well, you know the rest.  It’s been a little slow-going due to the weather (we unfortunately have to juggle outdoors at the moment), but I’m sure we’ll have a few windows of opportunity in between the spring weather of rain and strong winds.  At the moment, I still feel clumsy, but that’s okay.  I don’t intend to perform — it’s just a fun pastime for me.  At the most, I maybe see us joining the IJA again, and possibly attending a juggling convention sometime.  There are a lot of other things we need to do first, so I’m not holding my breath on that.

One thing we will definitely have to do at some point is buy a repair kit or replace some of our props.  They’re falling apart.  The juggling balls are a mess due to accidentally being stored near torches.  I’m not even sure how old they are in all honesty.  Our clubs are falling apart.  I would love to replace a lot of our props, even getting some of my own clubs (nothing like having to stop juggling clubs when Christopher wants to do some runs with numbers — we only have 6 clubs).  Until then, we’ll just have to make do with what we have.

There are so many memories attached to many of our props.  I’ve mentioned the gift Christopher bought me when we first started seeing each other almost 18 years ago.  He has even given some of our props to people who were interested in learning to juggle.  I hope they’ve helped the recipients learn to juggle, and when they buy themselves better props, I hope they pass them on to other aspiring jugglers as well.  It’s a nice thought, thinking some of our old props might be making their way around the country, helping others learn to juggle.

I’m not sure the current props could help anyone, especially since we have to make them last a little longer.  I look forward to deciding what to get next, and making new memories with them.  Every drop, every scratch, every bit of damage just adds to the memories of learning and reminding us of the hobby that helped bring us together all those years ago!

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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2 Responses to “It’s not damaged, it’s full of memories!”

  1. A big part of the ends coming off is from the time the clubs were kept in a short prop bag. But yes, the props are beat up, and you’re right: every scratch and ding is a good memory.

    It’s a perfect day for juggling today–can’t wait to pack a picnic lunch and get busy juggling!

  2. We definitely need to figure out a better prop bag — even if it’s taking one of the suitcases and using it. It’d be much easier to carry (actually, just rolling it along behind us) than the really big, awkward bag we’re using now. Haha! Remember the old bag you had when we first met? What was it… an old mail bag? Too funny 🙂

    Definitely a perfect day for juggling, and it will be the only one this week, so we should definitely take advantage of it!

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