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We’ve all been there.

You finally summoned enough courage to make the climb up the steps of the ‘big slide’ only to find yourself at the very top, questioning why you did that. You pause and turn around, taking one look back down those very same steps, actually considering the walk of shame.

“Second Thoughts” (Slide Steps, Stage Fort Park) Playground Series (#8), Nikon D300, 28mm, F/4, 1/800s, +0.7EV, ISO 250, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

You might have had a parent standing by, shouting encouraging things like,  “It’s okay, honey. You can do it!”

Most likely tho, it was a group of kids taunting, “Aw, c’mon! Don’t be a wuss!”

And if they were in line behind you, (impatiently) waiting their turn on the ladder, the utterances were more along the lines of exasperated groans:

“Hurry UP, already! You gonna go or not?”

That moment seems like a lifetime, palms sweating, heart pounding out of your chest, knees shaking in your Keds (mine were red). Then, whether out of fear or determination, you take the plunge and for a few seconds, the world goes silent as you experience the thrill of the ride!

And then it’s over. You rise to cheers from the crowd, grinning from ear to ear.

It’s the best feeling in the world. 🙂


  1. A metaphor for all the huddles to come and that still come. I remember doing that and still get a rush when I metaphorically do it again today.

  2. Ruprecht <—- continues to have these feelings, grown-up-hood notwithstanding

    • If anyone says they don’t, then I only have one thing to say to them…

      Liar! Liar! Pants on fire! 😉

  3. Only 7 steps??? I could’ve SWORN there were at least 20! lol

    Yes….life is full of these high metal slides. Now it’s my own conscience that taunts me. 🙂

    • LOL! I agree! I also think my childhood ‘big slide’ was much higher than this one. 🙂

      Yours, too? I thought my conscious was the only little bully! 🙂

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