Ok, so it seemed like a good idea at the time.
How many times have I said that?
We said we would go on a water ride at Legoland.
But it was cold and windy. It was about 4pm.
Still the youngest had so wanted to do something watery. But walking around with wet clothes, for hours and hours, not my idea of fun. It might have been his, however. Despite the weather, he had not given up on his dream. So we waited until the very end when we decided it was time to go play in the water.
Specifically, let’s get in a big water fight.
The Prettiest-girl-in-the-world knew better. No way she was going to get wet. Or cold.
And cold and wet, no way in hell.
I can’t say I was that keen either, but a deal’s a deal. He’d been patient (mostly, at least as much as a 7 year old can be patient), and we’d all done what we wanted to do, so now he got to do what he wanted to do.
The ride he chose was called the Splash Battle. Basically, it involved us boarding ships armed with water cannon and go around soaking the other ships and anyone walking by.
A super fun experience on any other day, but today, almost no one was on the ride. So, I honestly thought I’d be able to make the youngest happy by taking him and his brother on it AND remaining largely dry.
How wrong was I?
It all went according to plan at first. We boarded the ship. There was only one other sorry-looking dad and his 2 daughters in another boat. No way we’d even get close to them. And, although there were water cannon all along the pathway, aimed at the ships, no one was going near them. I mean, who wants to get wet? And cold?
How smug was I as we rounded the first curve all dry and stuff? The boys seemed happy that they could shoot their water cannon at stationary targets, targets that did not shoot back.
But then, as we rounded one turn, we came in range of the shore-bound mega cannons manned by evil teenagers who spawned from hell. I sure as heck didn’t see them there when we boarded. I have no idea where they come from. None. One minute it was all fine and the next…
Well, they proceeded to soak us all to the skin. Throwing buckets of water on us would made us less dry. They hosed us down like firemen putting out a blazing inferno.
The youngest laughed and laughed as we were doused. The oldest did his best to hide from the deluge. I thanked the stars I’d given the Prettiest-girl-in-the-world my camera and phone to protect. She, sitting all dry and cute on a bench, just smiled at us. And waved.
If it had been hot out, it would have been amazing. We would have had epic battles with other ships, soaked passers-by, gotten wet and been happy to do so.
But as the wind started to blow, as we got off so wet that my clothes were basically a second skin (and believe me, that’s not a good look for me), the boys dying to do it, again, as I shivered and shook and I dripped on the shoes on anyone who stood near me, I realized that deep down, I knew there was a chance we’d get soaked on this ride and I did it anyway. That’s parenting, my friends. That’s love.
Is there a difference?
Has anyone else had an experience like that? Riding a ride that would make you sick so your child could have an amazing experience?
Has anyone ever refused to do that?
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Haha. Been there too Joe. I’m not a great fan of heights or speed, and put them together at Disneyland with three older children pulling me onto rides has ended up being more of a memory for me than them. On the rides I closed my eyes and held on for dear life, too afraid to make a peep. Maybe I should have screamed and had a tantrum, then my children would have remembered the day more!
I haven’t had the parent side of it Joe, as I’m not a parent, but as an only child, my poor dad had to go on all kinds of fairground rides with me when I was a child. Bless him, he was an older dad from an older generation, there in his shirt and suit on the waltzer or the rollercoaster or whatever it might be!