Sunday, May 10, 2009

Slides


Three generations of mothers gathered round, as we celebrated Mother's Day at Waldron Park this afternoon; my grandmother (paternal), my mother and the mother of my children. After a picnic dinner, played some baseball with the boys, tennis briefly and then they attacked the play ground. Not content to just take the path well trodden they decided to scale the outside of the slides garnering three responses...

1. "What are you doing?" 
2. "But dad said it was okay"
3. "If you fall and break something, it will hurt for a while because we don't have insurance. As long as you are okay with that, go at it."

It started as the boys watched another young adventurer's head pop out the end of the slide. Like a cautious rabbit coming out of his burrow, he cast his gaze here and there to see if there was danger (translate: to see if mom was looking). Seeing the coast was clear, he emerged from with in and began to scale the outside of the slide.

Temptation took hold and my boys turned to see what my response would be. Seeing the smile, they wasted not time in attempting to ascend their Everest. Logan followed the path of the previous climber, including leaping off the top of the slide onto the platform yelling "Touchdown!"

Cole on the other hand got to the first rib of the tube and lost his stride. Flattening himself against the cool plastic, more mass against mass the less the probability of sliding off the side into the mulch of doom, he gasped "help!" His eyes had the desperate look of a drowning man. Getting him to lift himself off his pseudo-safe perch was the hardest, as he had to give up some security to make the next move. Eventually, he was able to make it the rest of the way landing victoriously above with "Touchdown!", and a big smile for daddy.

A few things I hope my boys grasp:

1. Whenever we try something new, it's always great to follow the lead of someone who has been there.

2. Don't wait too late to ask for help. Its better to ask for help and move ahead, than hold onto your pride and fall to your doom. Don't confuse wisdom with weakness. For a time in my life I viewed it as weakness to ask for help, have to keep myself from falling back into that stupidity.
 
3. When you arrive at the top, remember the people that helped you get there. Also as you get to the top, there is further to fall so watch your step (I know a few bankers who wished they would have remembered that one.)

4. You never really arrive, there are always bigger slides to climb.

10 comments:

Megan said...

I was totally confused about the 'outside of the slide' thing until I got to the final picture. Forgot that's how they make them these days...

Mom said...

Thanks for coming home so the three generations of Moms could watch you and the boys on one of your adventures. What a wonderful afternoon! It had been a long time since this Mom had played T-ball with the little boy who is now the Dad Coach. Love you all.

Brian Miller said...

sorry megan, should have moved the pic up a bit. did not think about that...

@mom - was fun. glad you had a great mothers day!

Rob said...

Good times.

The Clever Pup said...

Granny's looking great Brian! How old is she?

The outside of the slide thing - I remember that. After age 7 or so (for my son not me) it was the only cool thing to do.

Watch out for something the kids around here call Grounders when they walk around on playground equipment with their eyes closed. I was never a witness to this, thank heavens.

Candie Bracci said...

Nice words daddy!
Really nice pictures and words!
Have a nice day :)

Daniel said...

Cool picture and thanks for the reminder about seeking help. I fall into that trap very often.

Brian Miller said...

@clever pup - in her mid to upper 80's. What no climbing the outside of the slide yourself. lol

@candie - thnx. hv a great day yourself!

@daniel - seems a common trap...

Lola said...

What a great post. The kids look happy and the ladies are fantastic with their shades on. You're a very lucky fellow...

Dot-Com said...

The slides look like so much fun. Hope you had a great day :-)