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April 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments

We were here over spring break.  It was … spectacular and amazing, as well as exhausting and probably too expensive.  (And I hate going to places like that and not seeing every single thing, which was clearly not possible.)  Anyhow, Adam and I did quite a lot of climbing around in all that salvaged artsy weirdness.  I was sore the next day.  He led me up into one of the plane fuselages — about five stories up — and down the castle turret.  We went down a fireman slide that was nearly vertical; to be precise, Adam shot down the slide with giddy abandon and I closed my eyes and took a REALLY deep breath before I pushed off.  (Have I ever told you that I used to have a recurring nightmare about falling?  No?  Well.  Now you know.)  It was a kickass slide.
So there we were, up and down and up and down and up and down, and we were both getting tired, but only one of us knew it.  Adam spotted The Fastest Slide of All: a tunnel slide three or four stories high, accessible only by climbing through more bizarre rebar constructions.  I didn’t want to go up there, and I had a pretty clear idea that Adam would balk at the top of the slide, but we set off anyway.

What you need to know is that the penultimate obstacle for The Fastest Slide involves hoisting oneself from an angled surface in a cage, up through a two-foot hole onto a platform (remember, WAY high in the air).  Adam was too short to get himself up there, and I was too low on the angle to lift him through, so we went back down.  (To my surprise, he did not pitch a fit.)  On the way up, I’d lightly bumped my head on a low-hanging thingamajig; on the way down, Adam put his soft little hand on my head — the way I do when he’s crawling out from under the table or otherwise about to bust his skull open — and told me, “Watch your head, Mom.”

That’s the kid I have: he leads me into places that terrify me, places where I have a great time despite my misgivings, places that I would not volunteer for.  And then he wants to take care of me when I get there.  He is an awesome little guy — brave and funny and loyal — and I had no idea of the kind of love my heart could hold.  No idea.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 chele // Apr 22, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Aww. That made me cry a little bit! So sweet…

  • 2 Cat // Apr 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Made me cry too, and you already told me once. You do have amazing children….

  • 3 Aunt Dodie // Apr 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    This is a really sweet, adorable story and well-told; I’m so thankful you put it on your blog since I had to leave the fam early that day, if you remember, so we could get some rest before dinner. Love you guys!

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