Yesterday we spent a wonderful afternoon/evening at our local kiddie amusement park for my niece's birthay. The kids had a f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s time going on all of the rides, and I thoroughly enjoyed the bumper cars.
The one ride I was d.r.e.a.d.i.n.g. going on was the ferris wheel. But -- that just happens to be Joelle's most favorite ride.
Last year I got away with not going on at all, since my sister and brother-in-law each took turns riding with Joelle (and Les only took Malia once; she was NOT a fan).
But this year, both girls wanted to go on -- and after Joelle went once with my sister, and Malia went once with Les, they both wanted to go again and Les said that it was my turn (he's not a huge fan of the giant wheel either).
So as I was standing in the very short line with the girls -- my stomach all in knots -- I kept saying things like, "Oh...I don't know about this!" and "Les, I don't want to do this!"
Right as we were walking on to the platform to board the Giant Wheel, Joelle very matter-of-factly says to me, "Mom -- sometimes you just have to try something new and then you find out that you really like it."
Huh. Where have I heard that before? It seems like something a mother would say to her children about trying new things they may be hesitatant about.
Wait a minute...I am one of those mothers and Joelle is one of those children. Isn't that convenient that out of everything she somehow 'forgets' or 'didn't hear' -- that one particular comment is one of the ones she remembers and throws back in my face!
Well played, my child. Well played.
As it turns out, I ended up really enjoying the ride (even though this picture shows just how nervous I was at the beginning). And believe it or not -- I went on it a second time by choice!