Even from across the parking lot, Sydney knew she wanted to go on the giant freefall-swing ride.
"I want to do that!" she said.
"You do? Are you sure?" It wasn't that I was afraid of letting her go; I just wasn't sure she really knew what the ride was.
"YES!" She knew what she wanted to do.
I admit, sometimes this child amazes me. I would not characterize her as an adventurous child by any stretch of the imagination. All her life, she has been the one to stick with us, never wandering off, never talking to strangers, never trying food that looked even the least bit suspicious.
She loves rollercoasters.
Loves motorcycle rides.
Learned to ride her bike and then proceeded to ride down steep hills that same day.
When she jumps, she jumps high.
After watching Jason go on the Ultimate Rush with our friend Robbie, Sydney said she wanted to do it too. Since there's no age limit--only a height restriction which she passed--then I had no real reason to not let her go. We waited until Jason got off the ride, and then he made sure she knew what she was getting into.
"You can't change your mind when you're up there," he said. "It goes very high in the air," he reminded her. (I reminded him that without her glasses she probably wouldn't have any idea how high up the ride went.)
"I know," she said. "I want to go."
So we paid the $25 (the operators very graciously allowed Jason to go again at a very reduced rate), and I watched her get strapped up into the harness.
She seemed very small and very brave all at the same time. This little girl who refuses to eat hamburgers and pizza, who still clutches my hand in the parking lot and if she walks into a dark place, was getting ready to fall 180 feet from the sky.
Up she went, a smile on her face. She didn't hold Jason's hand at first, but then just before they dropped, she grabbed his arm and held on tight.
Down she came, soundlessly, whizzing through the sky on the giant swing. After a few passes over my head, eventually she smiled, waved, and yelled, "Hi Mom!"
Guess what, kiddo? You're amazing.
(And was she scared? I'll let her tell you.)
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