I’ll never forget finally getting my turn on the giant inflatable slide this past summer.
Granted, I understand other moms out there have gracefully jolted up the velcro staircase to the top of these jiggling-air filled contraptions with ease. I get that there is this instantaneous joy experienced when you push off holding hands with your very own child as your body jiggles in rhythm all the way down to the bottom.
Perhaps those are the very reasons more moms don’t do these types of activities.
But that’s not me. Remember the skydiving post? Or the daredevil who rode a skateboard on the bus? Yes…slides don’t scare me. If anything, I can’t wait for my turn (in my house, mommy always gets a turn…I call it teaching my loves how to share).
However, this day was different. During my battle with cancer, I finally reached a point that I was feeling decent and was allowed to be in public. The boys chose to go to a local inflatable kids play center. What I thought was going to be a relaxing afternoon watching them play, turned into repeatedly suffering through saying, “Mommy can’t take a turn with you on the slide today. I simply don’t have the strength or energy. I love you. Look, I’ll take a picture.”
Total. Mom. Fail.
Weeks later my oldest was begging to go back. With each step I took without my cane, he begged to go back to the big inflatable slide so he could go down with mommy.
He waited days.
He waited weeks.
He waited months.
But finally, this summer, I surprised my boys by pulling into the parking lot and standing in front of the big slide.
Shoes flew off fast. Oh yes…it was finally mommy’s turn.
I took a video of the event because this indeed was a huge milestone for me…and frankly I never want to forget the look on my kids faces. Ever.
May you never miss a turn to play with your kids and remember what childlike faith looks like.
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