Monday, August 10, 2009

First Roller Coaster Ride

As I mentioned before, we took the boys to Kiddieland during our recent visit to Chicago.

This is my Max. Getting on his very first roller coaster ride.

He was completely unsure about the whole thing. He is, after all, my child and anything going that high in the air, I find highly suspect - if not altogether evil.

But, my husband, being the "let's skydive with them next year" kind of Dad that he is, would hear nothing of my pleadings.

"Do you think he's old enough? Is he tall enough? Are you sure this is a good idea?"

Nope. Completely ignored me and scooped up my boy and put him on the roller coaster.

I reasoned that every child should try it, at least once, and that if nothing else, my husband was on there to save him from imminent peril.

And, he seemed happy.

But, then that thing, carrying my precious boy, began making that familiar clicking noise and started up that rickety looking wooden track that looked like it was built 50 years ago.

Come to think of it, it probably was.

I hate that sound. That click, click, click of the cars climbing up the track. It made me wanna cry in my greasy, sugar-coated elephant ear.

I imagine Jason was telling Max something along the lines of, "Your poor mother - she's such a girl. This is gonna be great!"

But, my Max - my sensitive, apprehensive one - I just wasn't sure how he was gonna handle it.

See that gorgeous blonde smilin' back at my boy? That's my friend, Emily. She's not as wimpy as I am.

And, there they went up to the top of the hill.

So, I went to the end and waited.

They came roaring down the last hill and Max was so little in the car, that I couldn't see him.

I had no idea what state Max was gonna be in comin' around that corner.

Anyone wanna guess how he reacted?

Is he just like his Daddy and loved the thrill?


Is he just like his Momma - wantin' nothin' to do with roller coasters at all?

It was one or the other. There's no in between with our emotional one.

I'll post the rest of the pictures, with Max's reaction, later tonight.


  1. My guess is he LOVED it!
    Did Jack ride as well?
    And just so you know, I am totally with you on the sides shaken in my booties! I give you SO MUCH credit for riding the Ferris wheel and letting your little man go on the roller coaster. (and Scott is just like Jason, and can't wait to take our kids sky diving when they are 18 I have a feeling my girls will be all over the idea, but my son is more cautious like his Momma).
    Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures Sarah!

  2. i'm thinking he loved it! and i can't wait to see the pictures =)

    btw... i loved your summer 2009 posts and pictures for each boy. precious.

  3. I'm thinking if he could handle the sprinkler in his face, he could handle this roller coaster! Can't wait to see...

  4. I'm going to go against the flow and say he freaked out! Cant wait to see the reaction!

  5. hmmmm...I am going to say that Max was like you and was not liking the roller coaster thing. With seeing how Jason was bending over him, and the click, clicking...

  6. I wanna say he loved it...for Patrick's sake. He's holding onto the hope that if we ever have a boy he will love to do daring things. Our baby girl (biggest one) is scared of EVERYTHING! She was mezmorized by the dragon boats at the inner harbor last night, but when Patrick wanted to take her on one, he was met with a difinative NO. We debated because, as you said with Max, it could go either way. We could force her to do it and she would LOVE it or scream the whole time.

    Can't wait to find out!

  7. Loved it!

    But I can't wait for the picture!

  8. I can't wait to see the picture, but I think he loved it and has a big smile on his face!

  9. We had fun, Sar.

    I think a roller coaster ride is important to one's childhood experience, don't you? :)

    The fear and joy all mixed up together... it's great.