Eye-hand coordination involves how effective we are at translating what our eyes see into appropriate physical response, such as anticipating the motion of a ball thrown our way so that we can catch it.
As a grown up you may not have time to practice catching a ball, instead come to New York City. New Yorkers have a unique way of practicing this activity without even realizing it. All you need is a traffic light and a car in front of you. The moment that light turns green, place your hand on your car horn if the person in front of you does not proceed forward the instant the light changes.
I believe you have to be able to accomplish this skill set in order to get a driver’s license. Whether you have a car behind you or you are behind a car, you must be able to honk that horn or step on the gas the instant the light changes to green or be subject to lots of honking.
Today when my hand hit the horn when the car in front of me didn’t move quickly enough, I realized - it’s official. I’m a New Yorker once again.
© Nadine Zawacki 2010