Pretending With Peg Legs
This started even earlier, but when I was about 10 years old I built myself a peg leg. I would fold up my right leg inside my pants and walk around on it. After I became proficient at it, I thought one day "what if a one legged man had an accident, and lost his other leg? If he had a peg leg before, would he walk on his peg leg with crutches, like a man who lost a leg would walk on the remaining leg? After all, the peg leg would be his remaining leg." I decided to figure our if it was possible. I fashioned myself a pair of crutches, folded both legs up, put on my one peg leg, stood up, and I taught myself to walk on just the one peg leg and crutches. Later on I decided if a one legged man could wear a peg leg, wouldn't a no-legged man be able to wear two peg legs? I made a second peg leg, and then I could walk on just the right peg, or the left peg, or both peg legs. I have always been able to walk better on the right peg, but it is much less work to use two peg legs. This continues even now, and I am still building peg legs for myself. These days, and for the last 40 years or more, I have been able to walk on two peg legs without any crutches. The only problem is I can't stand still, I tip over and fall if I don't have something to help me balance. Using just crutch tips for feet doesn't give you much surface area to work with. Sometimes I use just a little cane. I pick it up under my arm while walking, then put it down to help stop, or turn, and then balance. Even now I am in the process of building new sockets for my peg legs. The old ones are worn out, again. I can readjust them sometimes, but I have to replace them about every other year.