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Monkey Bar Master {Video}

By caseymullins |

I was holding Addie’s hand on the couch one night when I felt a rough spot on her palm right under her middle finger. I’m familiar with Cody’s callouses, he has lifted weights several times a week since high school, but Addie is only six and I haven’t ever caught her pumping iron around the house.

“Why do you have callouses on your hands, Addie?”

“The monkey bars.” she answered without looking up.

I looked over at Cody and he said “Do you like how she just said ‘the monkey bars’ as though she is the master of the playground?”

I was a bit of a monkey bar master back in my day, but I would have had NOTHING on my own kid.

I have this odd sense of pride whenever I see her sail across a new set of monkey bars, she hasn’t yet met a playground she can’t master. She can go down the middle, down the side rail and across swinging rings. Her newest trick is going backwards, something I KNOW I never did. When she was a baby we were told she had very loose joints and the three dislocated elbows she suffered before Kindergarten were proof of that. Seeing her effortlessly carry herself across various playgrounds with those same joints that plagued her as a young child further proves just how cool kids are.

Even better? The gentle trash talking at the end of this video.

“I can do the monkey bars!”

“Can you do them backwards?”

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Monkey Bar Master {Video}

  1. ClassyFabSarah says:

    She’s so cool I can’t even handle it. I doubt I could go across them forwards right now. Backwards? Yeahright.

  2. Pgoodness says:

    She is totally awesome.

  3. A says:

    So nonchalant with that “can you do them backwards?” I really like that she doesn’t take a show-offy tone as so many kids do lately.

    And BACKWARDS? How does one even discover they can do them backwards? Addie rocks.

  4. Sarah W says:

    Sign her up for gymnastics!!! Sounds like she would be great on the bars if she can master the monkey bars like that:)
    What a cutie!!!

  5. cc says:

    Way to go ADDIE!

    I was never very good at the monkey bars. And BACKWARDS. That just never happened.

    You have an awesome kid, but I’m sure you already knew that.

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