My kids appreciate a good rollercoaster. So much so, our summer vacations have transformed into seasons passes to our nearby amusement park. You can find us almost every weekend in line with our bottomless Sprite and bucket of popcorn in line ready for whatever is coming next. My girls are in love with the thrill of the coaster.
Me? Not so much. I love taking the kids. I love seeing them get excited when they have grown enough to get to the next ride. I love the look in their eye after having done something scary and living to tell the tale in as much detail they can muster. I, however, would much prefer to keep my feet on the ground.
There are some I do like; the ones with gentle swoops and ups and downs. The ones you can see ahead so you know what’s coming. The ones that don’t jerk you around but instead keep you tight as you glide and laugh. But those are few and far between. Most rollercoasters are designed to keep you guessing. They want to make you unsure of yourself as you climb and drop faster than you can process. They jerk you back and forth and make it so you can’t get your bearings. You start out enjoying them, but there is always that moment you wish you could get off and ride the Merry Go Round instead.
Or maybe that’s just me.
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