It's pretty natural to turn toward any activity you're doing, but in a way, you do archery beside yourself and it's as if you're peering to the side to see what's going on over there. Fiona was doing what felt natural, turning her torso toward the target and I thought it would work better for her to get the hang of keeping her shoulders squared without the bow in her hand, and then plop in the prop once she'd gotten that feeling fixed in her body.
I was going to use the strategy of getting her to watch me and mimic my actions. Immediately, it was clear that asking a newbie to make-believe with an imaginary bow in beside all the people holding actual ones might just make her feel self-conscious. I saw that if I wanted her to embrace the silly feeling and go with it, it would help if I got silly with her. I'm pretty silly-willing so I started pulling some faces as well as my imaginary string. Then I threw in some moves to fake her out. And it dawned on me that I'd seen this act before. Fiona and I have spent entire winter days in our jammies watching black and white comedies, so it was a safe bet she'd know what I was talking about when I announced we were doing Harpo and Lucy's mirror act. Before, I'd had some 'splaining to do. Now I had miming.
Take a look at this phrase: DRAWERS' REWARD. You see it right? It's a palindrome, a mirror image. A fitting phrase for me and Fiona, because it was surprise reinforcer for us that playing monkey-see monkey-do led to geeking out on old tv while we kept practising. And by the time the sun bowed out, Fiona totally had that move down.