August 29, 2005


Yesterday I was sitting on the couch watching Blade Runner when Clone comes up and decides it is time to play “climb on Daddy”. This is a game that we both enjoy, more so when I’m not watching a movie. This game consists of him climbing up on my lap and then climbing until he is standing on my shoulders. To ease the minds of all the mothers and Child Protective Service people that read this, I hold onto his hips to make sure he can’t fall… too far. Part of the game is that when he gets up there he likes to “fall” backward to the ground. He doesn’t actually fall; I guide him gently to the ground. Once there I tickle him for a couple of minutes and the game starts over. We have played it this way for the last six months.

Until yesterday. Yesterday Clone makes his triumphant climb to the top of Mount Dad. This time he just stands there for a while looking around, balancing by himself on my shoulders. My hands are right there getting ready for him to fall backwards to guide him to the ground. For reasons unknown, instead of just leaning backwards, he jumps backwards. I’m not talking about a small kid jump, but an Olympic diver about to do a triple back flip jump. He jumped right out my hands.

Ancestors from days of yore smiled down upon him as they bestowed upon me the temporary grace and reflexes to be able to catch and lay him gently upon the floor. If I had missed, I could just see his little skull cracking open like a ripe watermelon being dropped onto concrete. Trying to tickle him longer then usual so my heart rate would slow down, I told him that he should NOT jump off daddy. He hasn’t done it since, and we did continue to play, but I was much more cautious with him when he started standing up there.

I think it’s great that he trusts me and has enough faith in my abilities to do such a stunt. However, I wish I had that much trust and faith in my abilities.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at August 29, 2005 04:18 PM | TrackBack

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Posted by: Oddybobo at August 29, 2005 05:13 PM

Ack! That made my heart race just thinking about it.

Posted by: Bou at August 29, 2005 09:29 PM

Wow, I bet that even rivaled my Speaker Rescue Manuever... would have been damned impressive to see!

Posted by: S at August 30, 2005 07:33 AM

Let's try again! At least you were there to catch him. My son waits till I am outta range and then screams: "Hey Mama! Watch this!" as I look on with fear as he jumps from the top step to the landing bouncing from step to step. Or as he jumps off the back of the couch, the kitchen counter, the kitchen table . . . the list is long. The bones are flexible and my heart must be pretty strong!

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 30, 2005 07:36 AM

Finally updated the blasted UN blogroll. Thanks for joining!

Posted by: Steve the Pirate at August 30, 2005 10:30 AM