Sometimes we have to do things that scare us for the sake of our children.
With the my stepson, it happens quite often.
He’s adventurous like his father, which means I’ve been on several roller coasters, a rocket flight simulator, went parasailing and climbed a waterfall (but refused to jump off like he did with his dad).
Most of these experiences were positive.
Parasailing was an exhilarating experience and the waterfalls we explored in Jamaica were phenomenal. I kept my composure during the roller coasters (with the help of clenched fists and some ginger ale after). My only regret so far was the flight simulator — let’s just say it was a jolting experience.
Last weekend, we attended the Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City. I was geared up for apple-flavored wine, a peck of apples, cute crafts, and a day with my family.
However, I was not prepared for a ride in a helicopter.
Of course, as soon as my husband saw helicopter rides advertised online, I knew we would go.
My husband is an avid flight enthusiast. During vacations, he’s suggested we take a flight but I’ve always had an excuse: too much money or not enough time.
This time, it was affordable. He asked Liv, “Do you want to ride in a helicopter?”
As it touchdown, her eyes grew as big as saucers. She said: “Ride ‘copter?”
And there you have it — I was finished. There was no turning back.
My husband told me I would love it, which I did. The scenery was beautiful: Arbor Day Lodge; the orchards filled with thousands of people and even more apples; and fire trucks lining the parade route.
Liv, having skipped her nap, was a little nervous after the initial takeoff, but she took some time to wave and check out the view.
On our way home, her eyes were droopy. She was ready to doze off. Before she feel asleep, she said: “I ride a ‘copter.”
It was worth totally worth it — including getting over my initial anxiety. I’ll have to face more fears– just for her. I am ready. Bring on the ‘coasters (as we call them).
Jen Schneider is a middle school teacher and mom to two children.
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