Do the Crank!

“The Karate Kid.”  It’s a classic.  I remember when I was a kid diligently practicing, wax on, wax off, paint the fence, sand the floor… and so on.  The legend of Danielson lives on today.  I came home from work and dropped my bags to the floor.  Quentin casually slipped off his shoes.  Kaden blitzed the front door looking for daddy.  Very intently, with pronounced purpose, Quentin walked to the center of the carpet and stood on one foot. 

“Momma, want to watch me do the crank?” 

It took me a second to understand what he meant.  The crank?  This could be interesting, I thought.  However upon closer study of his body posture, it was clear…. Quentin was ready to do the crane. “Sure!”  I said. 

Without hesitation he switch kicked his skinny legs in a rapid, spastic movement.  Nearly perfect in a mothers eyes.  Mr. Miyagi may have had a couple of improvements, but not me.  My son’s crank is absolutely perfect.



4 thoughts on “Do the Crank!

  1. mmm's mom says:

    And just the other day I was reminiscing about the famous Huey Lewis song “Hip to be Queer” mondegreen courtesy of Jexica…..

  2. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    Ah! What a sweet anecdote!

    My experience with the “crank” wasn’t quite so delightful for the friend I showed it to. I was in first grade and so excited by the skills I’d learned, I just had to demonstrate them . . . by kicking my “boyfriend” exactly where he’d least like to be kicked.

    It’s funny in retrospect, but oh! Did I ever feel bad when he doubled over.

    Seriously, though. Such a joyous moment between you and your son.

    • milkmoneymom says:

      Oh my! I can picture your experience with the “crank” just so! I love it. Absolutely funny in retrospect, but yes, I can imagine how quickly your excited demonstration must have turned to concern upon your boyfriend’s initial reaction.

      Thank you for sharing.

      I wish you all the best.

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