Thursday, January 6, 2011

Levitation (aka my first lesson in physics)

Here is another true story from my childhood. This also took place when I was around preschool age.

Like most kids, I had a very random assortment of toys to play with when I was young. I also carried a baby-blanket everywhere, often draping it around my neck like a scarf.


One day a random but thrilling thought occurred to me.


My 3 1/2 year old brain had figured out how to levitate.


It was very simple. All I would need was my baby blanket and a little effort.



In my mind this was how it was going to work...please note that my unsophisticated childbrain did not yet have a full grasp on the workings of gravity (or the limitations of my upper body strength) and this made total sense to me:






It was going to be awesome.

Once I was able to levitate...I would float around to show people how freaking cool I was...



All of the other kids on the playground would be envious of me...


I would never have to worry about slogging through mud puddles after it rained.

I was going to make such a kick-ass ghost at Halloween.


I was going to be the coolest. kid. ever.


Unfortunately, I failed to be as awesome as I'd hoped.

This is the sad reality of what actually happened:





Epilogue..this didn't stop me from trying to replicate the "levitation experiment" with a jump rope mere days later.

19 comments:

Carrie Liao said...

haha I tried this, too!

I didn't fall asleep, though. I just fell over.

otto said...

love all these sequential stuff you are doing! keep up the gooood work~

Megan Nicole Dong said...

Carrie--Hahaha! I'm glad I'm not the only one who tried this! I wonder if a lot of kids did something like this at that age.

Otto--thanks! And speaking of sequential stuff, I can't wait to see your comic.

Michael said...

This is so cute!!! Your little life stories are super entertaining.

Ev said...

LMAO! Awesome. I remember thinking much the same.

Gabby Zapata said...

Ahahahahah! Your little stories are so entertaining. I chuckled. Brings back old memories of what I used to do :) This kid back in middle school swore he could fly. So. During lunch time he'd try and jump off a little hill we had, but he'd tumble/roll all the way down in the grass. It was fun to watch him.

nate v said...

gosh looking at these life stories makes me realize how much a bore i was as a kid. Its ok cuz these are sweet!

Claudio Cerri said...

Ahahaha! Great story! I love the way you drawing this! ahah

Viv said...

:D Soooo great, Megan! Love it!!!

Justin Ridge said...

Hahaha! That's great!!

Megan Nicole Dong said...

Michael--thanks!! Your comics are super entertaining!

Everett--hahaha, it seemed to make so much sense at that age, right? So glad that there are others out there who thought the same thing!

Gabby--haha, that is too funny! Poor kid must've had a lot of grass stains on his clothes when he went back to class.

Claudio--thanks! :)

Vivian--Thanks Miss! Hope to see you around sometime soon. (Perhaps at the next sketchcrawl?)

Justin--thanks!!

Munchanka said...

I was disappointed at the end of this story when it didn't work. Apparently, I still have a lot to learn about physics, too.

Ev said...

I also thought you could parachute off your roof with a bed sheet. Thankfully I never had the nerve to try it.

Megan Nicole Dong said...

Nate (almost missed your comment)--Thanks! I'm sure you weren't a boring kid at all. You were probably just more clever than I was.

Austin--hahaha, I know I sure was disappointed after I woke up from that nap.

Everett--That totally jogged my memory...a childhood friend's little brother thought that he could do that too so he grabbed a sheet, climbed up the banister at the top of the staircase and leaped. Poor little guy had his leg in a cast all summer.

Ev said...

Ouch!!

Freckles said...

I love your blog! You have such a great sense of humor!

Anthony Holden said...

yeah...it still seems like that should have worked.

:)

charsiubao said...

i really like your stories of childhood. it always brings back strange memories that i thought i'd forgotten.

Peach said...

Hahaha I tried the same thing with moon shoes/basketball. Both ended badly. Great story!