We have a concrete retaining wall that juts out from the back of the house, directly underneath the sliding glass door that still doesn’t lead out to a deck. (Maybe next year it will.) Since the wall is exposed, it’s a prime stunt spot for the boys. One side of it has earth up to nearly the top, but on the other side there’s a 3 or 4 foot drop depending on where you are along the wall.
I suppose if I were a boy, jumping off a wall would be attractive to me too.
But I’m not a boy.
I’m a mom, and I happen to be a mom who suffered a massive knee injury 9 months ago. So the reality of what a split second accident can do to your life is still pretty fresh. My anxiety might have something to do with the brace I’m still using to try and rehab the knee. But every time I see them jumping near that wall I just shudder.
If you have boys, then you’re familiar with what happens whenever they start performing stunts. As soon as the trick is perfected, they come up with a twist. And not just any twist. It has to be harder and more impressive than what they did first. The one-upmanship continues from there, and it doesn’t take long for creativity and bravado to turn into sheer foolishness. Ever watched America’s Funniest Home Videos? I’ve not done a formal study but I bet the vast majority of males who make it on that show got there by one-upping themselves right into disaster.
We’ve made it twelve and a half years into this parenting gig without many trips to the hospital (except for me. go figure), but the increasing intensity of their tricks has me thinking that won’t hold forever. This summer the big battle was getting the boys to wear helmets. Something that’s been required all their lives is suddenly up for negotiation? I don’t think so.
My appreciation for the mothers of all the stuntmen in the world deepens daily.
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