I Can’t Blow A BubblePosted: August 16, 2013
I’m a competent person.
I dress myself. I cook. I work. I speak. I write. I drive.
I can juggle knives. I’ve scuba dived to feed sharks. I’ve built and destroyed things, typically at the same time.
I’ve saved lives.
I can walk. I can chew gum. I can combine the two.
Looking back on that list, it occurs to me to say that I’m more than competent. I am accomplished and I don’t care who knows it.
But I don’t know how bubble gum works. I get the chewing part; how people make a bubble with it is a mystery to me.
You Think You Can Teach Me…
I know that admitting this will get me tips on how to do it. Whenever I’ve said that I can’t blow a bubble someone has said “I can teach you.” Every one of them has been wrong; well-intentioned, yet wrong.
After decades of attempts and instructions, I’ve never blown a bubble. Good, kind-hearted, patient people have tried. None has been able to teach me. Those who’ve spoken about their fool-proof methods have failed. Perhaps no one they’d taught before me was quite the fool I am.
Did you know there are people who have taught bubble gum blowing so much that they actually have a teaching method? There are. I’m not telling you this in tribute to their gift or their devotion to others. I’m telling you to give you some idea of how far I went in my now abandoned quest to learn the mysterious ways of bubble gum. I actually found people who have methods – that’s how far.
…But I Know You Can’t
Maybe you have a successful bubble gum curriculum. If so, I know you’re reading this and thinking that you are The One. The One who can reach this unreachable student. You are not. I mean no disrespect by that. No one is that teacher.
Hubba Bubba, Bazooka, Bubblicious, the hard gum that comes in baseball cards. It doesn’t matter what kind of bubble gum you give me. I will chew it, I’ll try to blow a bubble and the result will be exactly the same as it was when I was ten years old. A rude noise will come out of my mouth. It could be worse; sometimes the gum shoots out of my mouth and across the room. The one thing that I’m certain won’t happen is a bubble.
My face is uncoordinated. There is nothing anyone can do about that. Thanks for your concern.
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