© 2010 Aaron Atkinson

Bouncing Stones

My Mom cannot skip a stone. Even if she had a perfect rock on a glass-calm lake,  there is no way that stone will ever skip.

Fortunately for me, her deficiency is not genetic. Unfortunately for me, she asked me to help her learn.

Me: Like this mom.

In slow motion I exaggerate the throwing motion and release a stone…

My stone: tick     tick    tick   tick   tick tick tick tick ticktickticktititic.

Mom: Ok. Like this?

Mom’s rock: Splash.

Me: You need to flick your wrist.

Mom’s rock: Plunk.
Mom’s rock: Plunk.

Me: Bend your knees and throw it as close to parallel with the lake as you can.

Mom’s rock: Plink.
Mom’s rock: Plink.
Mom’s rock: Plink.

Me: Mom, seriously. On the count of three you throw and I’ll throw, and we can pretend that mine is yours.

She ignores me.

Mom’s rock: Kachug.
Mom’s rock: Kachug.
Mom’s rock: Ka…

And then it happened. The lake refused to accept any more of her feeble tosses and it rejected throw #37. Yes, throw #37 did bounce once when it hit the lake causing it to hesitate for a millisecond before it sank.

Mom: (screeching) Whooooo hooooooo!

My Mom can bounce a stone.


  1. Jimmy Jimmy
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 12:41 am | #

    That’s my Betty Betty…rock on!

  2. Skyla
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 2:02 am | #

    Your fans would like more blog entires about Betty. Oh and more pictures…. I hear she LOVES to have her picture taken! She rocks!

  3. Aaron Atkinson
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm | #

    No worries Skyla, I’ve got a few up my sleeve. Sorry Mom, the people want what the people want!

  4. Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm | #

    Great. I knew she had it in her.

  5. Pa
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 2:26 am | #

    I had to use 1/4000th shutter speed just to stop the action on that stone!

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