Words are taken from Chapter 5 “Let Girls Play, Too” of Meet Julie by Megan McDonald. “Dakota” is standing in for Julie’s best friend, Ivy.
“Saturday morning Julie was reading her horoscope — “Don’t hesitate; today’s the day to jump in” — when she heard Ivy’s knock.
“You’re here!” Julie said, leading her friend into the living room. The two girls pushed boxes into the corner so that Ivy could show Julie her latest floor routine.
“Did you know Olga Korbut was the first person to do a backwards aerial somersault on the balance beam?” Ivy asked as she turned her handstand into a back limber.
Julie tried to copy the move, but as soon as she got into a handstand, her feet clomped to the floor.
“Girls!” called Mom. “What’s going on? Sounds like a stampede of elephants in there. Julie, please tell me you’re not bouncing that basketball inside.”
Olga Korbut was a former Soviet gymnast who won 4 Olympic gold medals and 2 silver medals. Today she is 61 years old and a US citizen living in Scottsdale, AZ. I don’t think Olga would approve of Ivy doing handstands in Dr. Scholl’s sandals!