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Carol Perkins: Confessions and thoughts of a watcher

Fear, rather than age, she admits, holds her back from sports and dangerous activities. Wasn't athleticism - she admits she could jump a mean rope. It's a lifelong thing, she said, 'I was a chicken at fourteen when my friends were riding the Wild Mouse at Beech Bend and I was trying to hide behind my cotton candy. I can still taste the fear as we eased up the loop and dropped off one and twisted around another one. I think I have lingering psychological effects from riding that thing.'
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Child Psychology, from grand's point of view. Posted July 27, 2014

By Carol Perkins

When it comes to sports or dangerous activities, I'm a watcher. I certainly am not a doer. I barely could play hopscotch or croquet, but I will confess I could jump a mean rope. I am also a watcher when it comes to daring things, although I did parasail one time. I watch baseball players slide into home plate and wonder how they get up. I watch football players come head to head and knee to knee with huge players and wonder how they keep from freezing in fear.


I'm a watcher

I watch skateboarders round loops on concrete, inline skaters do flips, and basketball players elbow and slap and body bounce. I am a watcher of athletic events and/or dangerous activities. I can cheer loudly and offer advice regularly, but I am not a doer of either.

On one of the news shows last Sunday morning, a group of the news people were inline skating. They soon were whipping around the street like pros and most of them in their forties. I could never do that even though I might wish to try. My ankles are too weak and I'm a chicken. Ice skating looks so graceful but my ankles are too weak and I'm a chicken.

Fear holds me back rather than age

Fear holds me back rather than age. I was a chicken at fourteen when my friends were riding the Wild Mouse at Beech Bend and I was trying to hide behind my cotton candy. I can still taste the fear as we eased up the loop and dropped off one and twisted around another one. I think I have lingering psychological effects from riding that thing.

For that reason, I had to draw the line when our son Jon, the organizer, chose the Fast Pass rides for our upcoming trip to Disney. I don't fully understand, but according to him a person can schedule an exact (or within an hour) time to ride a certain ride. For instance, he has us (all nine of us) scheduled to ride Space Mountain between 9:30 and 10:30 AM the first day.

This woman is not riding Space Mountain, I said

"Here's a revelation, Jon," I said, "this woman's not riding Space Mountain so take me off that schedule."

"Oh, come on," he countered, "don't you want to ride with the kids?" He pulled out the kid card, but two of them came to my rescue.

"I'm not riding either," said eight-year-old Joseph with his six year old cousin declaring, "ME EITHER."

"By the way," I continued, "I'm not riding Splash Mountain either." That's another one on his schedule.

Yes, we were there to ride Small World

"Why are you going on this trip?" he asked, "to ride It's A Small World?"

Carla chimed in, "I love It's a Small World." That's my girl.

If it goes up, drops quickly, twists sharply, or is in the dark, count me out. However, I'll be more than happy to watch someone else.Carol Perkins Carol Perkins, the writer is an author, weekly radio talk show Host on The Hoss, 99.1 FM, on the Tuesdays at 10amCT, Susan (Chambers) & Carol (Perkins) Unscripted and is owner of Main Street Screenprinting PO Box 1051 601 S. Main Street Edmonton, KY 42120. Phones: 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913


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