Four-Year Olds and 20-Year Olds

I have been known to say that the younger you are, the faster you can learn how to juggle. While that may be true for some, I think I was proved wrong today. I held some lessons for some really young kids in the morning (some were probably four or five) and then some lessons for some college students in the afternoon.

The college students were by far faster in their learning curve. Some of it may be the fact that these college students were Baptist missionaries doing Backyard Bible Clubs for the whole summer. They wanted to learn a new tool to use in their children’s outreach events. I’m so glad they chose juggling. You see, they were motivated to learn. They had a vision to use it for a purpose. Some of the four year olds on the other hand, they just wanted to toss a ball up and down.

I had a tremendous visit with my beautiful wife. She is definitely worth it. We got to go for some walks and share time together over meals in a little coffe shop called Harbor Lights in Leavenworth, Kansas (check it out if you ever go).

I got to meet an incredible man named Randall while I was there. He and several other servants of the Lord run a youth center called Kids Connection. It is a safe place for young people to hang out when they’re not in school. There are games, computers, snacks, and loving adult supervision. I was inspired to see this wonderful place in action. I got to juggle for the kids there (in a different location). I’ll be at Lifebridge Church this weekend, I’ll let you know how that goes.


Published by


Dr. Jesse Joyner travels nationwide as a speaker and entertainer. His primary role is that of a performing juggler spreading joy and the love of learning to family and kids events. H earned his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids - the perfect number for juggling children.