“Wow. You’re a ringer.” Marsha sat on a bench stringing her new gym shoes. “And a first timer too.”
Gerri blushed, “you’re teasing me, all I did was follow Mr. Wang, and not very well.”
“Yeah, right. I was behind you, and you had your eyes closed most of the time, I saw that when we turned.”
“I guess it was the music and the mood.” Gerri leaned back in her chair. “I was thinking of a perfect Chi, and I am certainly not perfect, not the way God would have me be. Just, look at me.”
Marsha pulled on a string, “Oh, Gerri. Didn’t you listen to Mr. Wang? He really nailed it, don’t you think? In the beginning, out of the great void, God poured life into humankind.” She made a big arching motion with her arms.
“Then He lifted heaven and earth.” Gerri raised her hands toward the ceiling.
Quickly, Marsha interjected, “And pierced heaven and earth.” One hand slowly raised and the other slowly dropped toward the floor.
Gerri giggled, and then leaned forward in her chair, “embraced the full moon.”
Marsha imitated Gerri’s motion, moving her left hand upward and her right in a stroking motion.
“And then stoked the great wild stallion on the right this time.” Gerri made the same motions as Marsha only on the opposite side of her body.
Marsha repeated the same left motion but ended by grasping her forearm. “And watched the great swan fly away.”
Gerri’s action matched Marsha’s as the two women moved their arms in front of them.
“Wait, wait,” Gerri held up her hand. “We missed something.”
“Oh, oh, I know.” Marsha raised her right hand to match the stroking motion. “We need to start with our left hand in an arc and push forward, then go to our right and push forward.”
“Right, right.” Gerri rolled her chair forward a couple of steps. “Then remember, we follow right, then left hands as we push away.”
“Mr. Wang said, ‘Six total pushes until we are back where we started.’”
“Then we close the door.” Gerri giggled. “And, you’d better close the locker room door before someone sees us.
“Well, some folks get the wrong idea no matter what.” Gerry slumped.
Marsha jumped up. “Let’s finish the routine then I’ll by you a big water.”
“Ah, friends like you.”
Marsha made a big arcing motion with her arms bringing her hands down in front of her.
“Embracing the Chi,” Gerri followed. “I’m not very good at the second half.”
“Me either, but we’ll struggle through.”
“Now we do the great swan, but how do we get to it?”
Marsha shook her head. “I don’t know; we’ll have to ask on Thursday.”
Gerri made a pinch motion with her hand. “We follow the light in the darkness.”
“And box the ears of the rooster.” Marsha laughed.
March pinched her right fingers and waved her left hand. “And chased the snake through the grass.”
“This one tires my arms, we salute.” Gerri put her left hand on her bicep and raised her right.”
“Then we follow the snake back, and salute on the left.” Marsha demonstrated the motion.
Gerri raised her hands palms down. “And close the door. See, I really stink. I don’t even know what we missed and messed up.”
“Oh, Has it ended?” Marsha sat on the bench and held the hands of her friend. “You’re great. Don’t kid yourself, besides you’re just starting. Remember, we began with the Chi.” Marsha make an arc with her hands. “God created humankind out of the great void – the beginning. But, the end of our routine is simply closing the door, the same as we did in the middle.”
Marsha made the closing motion. This means that the routine, the Chi is never ended, God is always creating, always with us, all we have to do is open the door.” Marsha again made the arc with her hands.
Gerri smiled. “I’m glad you made me come today.”
“I thought you would enjoy it. Let’s get out of here before we smell like a locker room.” Marsha opened the door. “I’ll even hold the door for Mr. Wang’s newest student.”
“You owe me a bottle of water.”
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