“Life can be like a roller coaster…
And just when you think you’ve had enough,
and your ready to get off the ride and take the calm, easy merry-go round…
You change your mind, throw you hands in the air
and ride the roller coaster all over again.
That’s exhilaration…that’s living a bit on the edge…that’s being ALIVE.”
— Copyright © 1999 Stacey Charter
A few random observations and thoughts from our day at Adventureland yesterday.
- I watched a man carry his wheel-chair bound mother onto one of the rides. He showed compassion. She showed courage.
It’s informative to watch people drop things, look at them, and walk away. Certainly, it explains all the trash in the parking lot at the end of the day.
- Senior citizens can be great employees at an amusement park, but not when they’re tired.
- Seven pink flamingos, a dog, two raccoons, and a monkey in a banana should be enough stuffed animals for any family in one day.
- Skee-ball carny’s who say “You made your daughters very happy,” make a dad feel very, very happy.
- I saw a lifeguard with a bionic leg. Inspiring.
- Funnel cake has to be one of the all-time great foods.
- Watching mothers yell at their children in public makes me wonder what they will do behind closed doors.
- There’s little to share with your children if they are on the rides while you are on the bench.
- Helping a park employee learn to solve a Rubik’s cube is an exercise in futility.
- “That’s not happening again.” is my new favorite quote from my wife. It means that you’ll never get me on that ride again in this lifetime.
- Seeing dry rot on a roller coaster is not reassuring.
- Who orders a veggie burger at an amusement park? Well, I did.
- Going upside-down on a roller coaster at my age is perilous. Doing it three times is ridiculous.
- Teenage employees can be awesome or lousy. Just like any-aged employee.
- Water parks inside amusement parks make for happy children.
- Getting a phone call of appreciation from the newly-minted 2012 Toastmasters’ World Champion of Public Speaking (and possibly the youngest ever) while you’re standing in line at the Space Shot ride like a commoner is humbling. Story later.
It can be scary, exhilarating, intimidating, and fast. It can turn you upside down and inside out. It can jerk you around. That’s a roller coaster. And that’s life.
It may be terrifying, but it beats sitting on the bench waiting for the ride to be done.
Yesterday’s gift of time … Rode all the amusement park rides with my kids; picked up trash in the parking lot afterwards; helped a park employee with a Rubik’s Cube; made my daughters happy by spending ridiculous amounts of time winning stuffed animals; drove everyone to the park and back. … It was a good day.