Amusement Parks

Sorry this is so late. I’ve been pulling a little extra OT to get my invoice submitted to my employer today. It’s finally in, so I can breathe. This week’s theme is about amusement. I’d like to add a word to that. Parks. Yep, amusement parks. I’m a sucker for them. Love them! I live in North Carolina and spend my summers at Carowinds with my kids. I’m hoping my love for roller coasters will rub off on them and as they get older (and taller) they can join me on some of the thrill rides.

My daughter did ride her first upside down roller coaster this year. (She’s six and very tall for her age, she still can’t ride some of the super duper scary ones, but she is tall enough to graduate to super scary). When I found out she was tall enough to ride this one particular ride, I started trying to convince her to join me on it. It took three weeks, but she finally looked at me and said she’d do it. Now she’d said this before, but it was always with fear in her eyes, so I’d back down. I was waiting for that moment where she was completely confident. Two week ago, I saw it. So I grabbed her little hand, left my son (who is also six, but unfortunately extremely short for his age) with my sister and stood in line. After we buckled ourselves in, that little hand squeezed mine something fierce. I told her if she got too scared, to close her eyes. She just nodded. Not once did she close her eyes. She did scream as loud as her momma does, though. LOL. Afterwards, the smile on her face was priceless. “Momma, that was fun!” I was relieved to hear this. I won’t lie that I didn’t worry about traumatizing her, like my dad did with me. I still won’t ride the swing ride, but she’s has a feisty spirit and roller coasters are going to suit her just fine.

Now I just have to wait until the boy gets tall enough so I can do this first again with him.

I don’t know what it is about an amusement park. The atmosphere, though chaotic with screams in the background, is very peaceful to me. Wow, that sounded just a bit sick, didn’t it? LOL. But I’ve done them all: Carowinds, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Disney, MGM, and Universal. My favorite amusement park is Islands of Adventure. If you haven’t ridden The Incredible Hulk or Spiderman, then you haven’t experienced a true thrill. My goal is to go back sometime soon to visit the new Harry Potter addition. My favorite book comes to life! How can I resist?

So do any of you have a favorite amusement park or ride?


1 comment:

Carly Carson said...

I enjoy Disney World, but I don't like to be scared. My husband and our oldest are like you. They have finally learned to let me be. If there's a sign - no pregnant women or people with bad hearts - that's my signal to leave. One of my kids and I used to ride "It's a Small World" over and over while the others terrified themselves. It's true. I admit it. lol