Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Climbing a tree, with unexpected results

The day of the trip to Benihana's YaYa climbed a tree in the park. No biggie, she's done it before.


This time, however, I felt a physical urge, a yearning, to climb one myself. A thousand warning klaxons, all built over the last 34 years to contain and restrict me to what is safe and 'acceptable', rose to scare me off. And they worked. I backed off.

But then I thought on just how often, and it is often, that I found myself in that scenario. Not tree climbing, obviously, but 'not' doing something innocuous that every fiber of my being - save one or two stray Stick in the Mud genes - would like to do.

Big things, like the Nirvana concert I skipped out of sheer . . whatever the hell that rationale was in '93.

Small things, like resisting the urge for a last second dash to the video store before closing.

And things in between - like the tree climbing.

Somewhere inside my head I said 'F it' and started up the trunk. In a few seconds I was ten feet and a few limbs up in the air (I am, as I've mentioned, spry for a large man).


I couldn't believe how easy it was, frankly, how easy it *usually* is for my body to do as my mind instructs, when given the rare opportunity.

All this led to a bit of an internal policy change, one that would soon lead to a positive milestone for my girls in the weeks to come . .

More later . . . .


Estela said...

Kudos to you for climbing the tree.

Astaryth said...

Phhhhhhttt! I'm 48 years old and I often 'worry' people when I suddenly skip for a little bit, or play with a toy or piece of playground equipment meant for children. I tell them that I'm only 8 years old at heart and I LIKE it that way. Climb that tree, it's good for you!

Beth said...

Congrats on the tree climb! I climbed many a tree in my youth, and I just might have to see if I can climb one of ours here this summer. I can already hear Ken thinking, "No, don't do it! You're a total klutz!" It's all too true. Maybe I'll climb a tiny tree. :)


Jeanne said...

Love the pictures, and good for you for climbing that tree, stay young and stay a kid for as long as you can

Bernadette said...


Good for you! Screw the grown up voice in your head telling you can't do such things... we should all climb a tree when we get the urge :)