Skipping does not make any sense. It is slower to skip than it is to run and it takes more energy. Children are encouraged to take that first walking step. Running is just really fast walking. Skipping? What is that?
Parents do not teach their children to skip. I wouldn’t even know how to teach skipping. Kids just do it. Mostly girls skip although I vaguely remember skipping as a child. For some reason kids stop skipping at around ten years old. I think boys stop earlier. Kids sometimes hold hands and skip. They don’t hold hands and run, they seldom hold hands and walk and if they do, walking and hand holding usually ends up in skipping.
I don’t think kids ever skip unless they are happy. They will walk unhappy. They will run when they are unhappy. It is not possible for an unhappy child to skip.
Skipping is the only form of transportation that has never resulted in a race. There are walking races in the Olympics. Swimmers race, runners race, skiers race, bicycles, cars, skateboards, sleds, skates, boats, airplanes, trucks, hopping in a potato sack, every possible form of forward motion has always resulted in someone saying “Let’s race!” I have never heard of a skipping race. Skipping is happy, it just cannot get competitive.
I think maybe because it makes no sense, because it looks silly, people stop skipping after the age of ten. Kids don’t care what looks silly; they don’t care what makes sense, if they have an emotion, they will show it. When children are happy, when they are excited, they skip. When I see children skip, it makes me happy, it makes me smile.
Maybe the world would be better off if we all remembered how to skip. If the boss gives you a raise, skip back to your cubicle. If you are going to buy a new car, skip to the dealer. That girl agrees to marry you, skip around the room. You pass the bar exam, skip to the bar.
Would this show of happiness upset those around us who were not as fortunate? Do we need to control our emotions as grownups or risk hurting other peoples’ feelings? As grownups when we are really happy, we feel we have to tone down our emotions.
I think some people are unhappy and suffer from depression because they are afraid to skip. Come on everyone let it all hang out.
It is time we remember how to SKIP!