Planking: My Infant Son Joins the Internet Fad
As Jack is building his arm strength as he learns to crawl, I’m seeing him do this peculiar new move with his body. When he begins wearing himself out from crawling around on the rug and shows signs of needing a nap, he “buries” his head down into the ground and lays as flat as he can. It’s Jack’s pre-sleep position.
Coincidentally, this is happening along side a world wide Internet fad called “planking.” I just learned about it two weeks ago from Weekend Update with Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live. Planking is a most extraordinary way to do something completely ordinary. All it involves is laying down completely flat and still, while face-down. But the most important part is that the “planker” is photographed so that their “planking proof” is evident to the Internet world; via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
If you need a proper visual of the official thing, just go to Google Images and type in “planking fad.” I do realize that Jack isn’t planking perfectly, because of the fact he can’t/won’t really lay his arms next to his side. But I’m okay with that, because after all, he is just a baby.
So along with Jack’s crawling comes Jack’s exploring. His biggest motivators are laptops and TV remote controllers. He just goes cuckoo for them.
Again, this is completely in line with planking, as Jack is not content to see the same scenery day after day. Just as planking requires the person to show up in new places, so does parenting Jack. Even when he was much younger, my wife and I would take him hiking. We’ve recently gotten into this tradition of rocking Jack on our two-seater rocking chair after dinner on the front porch.
As much as Jack can appreciate being over-stimulated with all the crazy antics my family introduces him to, he also loves to just chill out- but only outside. The wind has to be softly blowing on his face and he has to feel some of the heat of the sun. In that situation, Jack doesn’t make a peep. He just chills out.
And again, isn’t that a major part of planking? I’m seeing unavoidable parallels between Jack’s recent developments and the fad of planking.
If it were up to Jack, I wonder where all in the world (and space and time) he would plank…
1969 Moon Landing Planking!
Conan’s Desk Planking!
Old School Nintendo Planking!
(On an actual plank! Double score!)
Special effects appear courtesy of Walter “Wally” Wellborn.