MOM'S DINO GAIT
Dreamed 1998/11/1 by Chris Wayan
Is this a museum? Looks like the Exploratorium in San Francisco--pools, ladders, and platforms with a maze of hands-on science games under a Neoclassical stone shell (well, cheap concrete, really. But with columns and angels).
My mother crawls up. I don't mean walking slowly, I mean crawls. You see, she's a dinosaur expert, and she's trying to figure out how two major groups moved. So she's acting them out. Hard work! She can crawl like a crocodile, but some two-legged types like T. Rex are a problem: backward knees, like a chicken, and a tilted posture. Bending forward helps but isn't enough: no tail to balance with or use as a third leg when standing still.
So mostly Mom sticks to the gait she CAN manage: scuttles around like a lizard. I watch her crawl up a ladder and over the lip of a pool and have to admit "She's gotten pretty good." Paint my mom green and give her a tail and she'd make a respectable croc.
I try it--skitter up a ladder to a higher terrace. Not bad! Is crawling in our blood?
On this upper level, I meet a mentor of mine. Tell her about the gait issue, show off my gaits. I think I could do that biped dino gait despite the knee and tail problems. Tilt my torso forward but shift the weight mentally back to my hips... I've had practice--I've been so many animal people in dreams, when I'm often not fully biped, more a reared-up quadruped. All that builds your lower back muscles, shifts your balance. Well, my mom has her specialty, I have mine...
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