Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Exercise – “Jumping for Joy” by Elizabeth Slaughter

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This is Elizabeth Slaughter’s final post from the archives and Elizabeth looks at some of the exercise equipment that has been trendy over the years.. I had a rebounder and used for some time, but I have to say I found the little circle tough to stay within at times…

 “Jumping for Joy” by Elizabeth Slaughter


My next venture into exercise fads was the miniature trampoline. It had several advantages: it was inexpensive, it didn’t take up much room, it was fun and I could do it without needing a babysitter. I even bought a cassette tape with songs specifically timed to bounce to. One I will always associate with bouncing was “Bette Davis Eyes.” Why they chose this for the tape I’ll never know, but the beat was right.

I was impressed reading this ad for that little trampoline this morning. I had no idea of all the wonderful results it promised. I did it for fun and to let off steam. It worked for those two goals. I doubt that it came through with any of the other promises listed above. What amazes me forty years later is that I had the requisite balance to go up and down without falling out or over. Today I have to work to maintain my balance and would certainly hesitate to start bouncing on a mini trampoline.

I few years later I took a class at the YWCA(home of the pool and the fat jiggling machine) which included jumping on a full size trampoline. We also tried out vaulting over a horse(a piece of gymnastics equipment), walking on a balance beam, going across uneven parallel bars and standing on our heads. I amazed myself by enjoying it all, reminding me once again that I was still very fit in my 30’s.

And to think, all this took place without lycra or spandex! Without fancy workout gear a great time was still had by all.

©Elizabeth Slaughter 2018


About Elizabeth Slaughter

I am retired from the Pacific Northwest College of Art(originally the Museum Art School) in Portland, Oregon where I was a professor of English and taught for 25 years. I had the privilege and challenge of teaching painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators, ceramicists, and graphic design students to express themselves in words. We also engaged in lively discussions about poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. It was a unique opportunity for me to flourish in an nontraditional (for English professors) academic setting where how I taught was privileged over what research I published.

My family moved to the East coast fifteen years ago when much of the world seemed to be descending on Portland. In doing so, I mirrored a journey my parents had taken to relocate from Brooklyn to Oregon in 1948 when I was one year old. Here I continued teaching at the local community college before deciding to retire all together.

About Elizabeth’s Blog:

This is the beginning of a larger project to share various kinds of writing I enjoy. I am starting with this blog, but intend to incorporate that into a web site which will include poetry, longer reflective essays, short memoir pieces and family history accounts.

I hope you will head over to Elizabeth’s blog and enjoy browsing through her archives as they are rich with history.. thanks Sally.

14 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Exercise – “Jumping for Joy” by Elizabeth Slaughter

  1. I have never really enjoyed jumping on a trampoline. I always have visions of my leg going down between the springs that hold it into the ground or falling of the sides of the stand alone ones. I was also super fit at one time, Elizabeth, I used to cycle 100 km cycle races and teach spinning at our local gym. Now I do 10 minutes of stretching a day and walk up the steps.

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  2. I always enjoy Elizabeth’s posts, especially her recollections of childhood, and growing up. Maybe because we are near in age, but also because her no-nonsense writing style is both refreshing and appealing to me.
    Thanks, Sally. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Oh, the fashions in fitness. Funnily enough, one of the youtube instructors I follow has taken quite a liking to the rebounder, and she is of a certain age as well. I am a bit like Robbie. Although I’ve never tried, I’m accident prone, so I can imagine all kinds of things happening… And don’t have the space… Great to read Elizabeth’s post. Thanks, Sally!

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