Let’s go back to the 1980’s. I remember going through the toy section of a local store and seeing these brightly colored boxes that screamed, “Get in Shape, Girl!” Remember those? The brand is apparently making a comeback. Anyway, after begging for one of these “exercise” kits, my parents finally relented and got me a set featuring two cheerleader pom poms, and a hula hoop. Both were in the colors featured in the graphic.
The hoop was in plastic sections and snapped together. Poorly. Whenever I would put it together and tried to hoop, it would fall apart. I was crushed.
My dad, seeing my frustration, did something amazing. He took that hoop and bolted the pieces together. Dad was a pretty handy guy and saw a situation and fixed it. Boom! I now had an awesome hula hoop with a little extra weight that was awesome to spin with.
I used that hoop for years. I’m wondering if it’s in Mom’s basement still. I might go look for it.
Little did I know that I would be hooping in my adult years, and the hours I spent with that old hoop on my waist would lay the foundation for my hooping now.