Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Our PROMPT was: "Can you tell me a story of a fear you’ve overcome? "

Joyce and Maryann were tiny figures down on the pool's edge "Hey!" they waved, "Go Sharon!"

My legs were tightly together, my ankles banded by a padded wrapper and the cord attached to its fittings. I could look at Joyce and Maryann on the path, but I couldn't bring myself to look where the cord snaked over the platform, in a long loop down toward the pool.

"OK," said the guy. "I'm going to count to three, and on three you're going to dive. OK?"


"One. Two. Have Fun!"

I stutter-stepped and stopped. Uh NO! This wasn't FUN!

I can't.

The guy sighed. "Sharon, c'mon!" cried Joyce and Maryann from below.

I imagined unwrapping the padding. I imagined walking past the other people in line, climbing down the catwalk, the stairs, the ladders to the pool deck.

I knew the quickest way down.

"Sorry," I said. "Let's try again."

One. Two. Three - I raised up my arms and dove off the tower toward the water 150 feet below, the bungee cord slithering off the platform above me.

***there is a video somewhere of me really doing this.

It's PROMPTuesday. Here are the rules:
  • You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal thinking before the ego and judgmental brain kicks in.
  • Keep to 150 words or less.
  • Go to Sandiegomomma's blog and post a link to your entry in the comments section.
  • A new PROMPTuesday post will appear here every Tuesday morning and writers/just having funners will have until 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time to participate.


Vodka Mom said...

omg you are one brave woman...

Laural Out Loud said...

Fear of heights is not something I wnat to conqer anytime soon! But if you're going to, you did it in a totally awesome way!

we_be_toys said...

Aughhhh! I could never do that - I'm such a chicken. You are amazing to have even gotten up on that platform -ack! It's freaking me out, just thinking about it!

I also thought this was very well written - where have you been? I need to read good stuff like this!

Anonymous said...

WOW - I have always wondered if I could do that- bravo you!

Cami said...

Well, you ROCK my world! That's living!!!

Liz Harrell said...

Hats off to you. No way. Not unless what I was standing on was on fire. :)

tinsenpup said...

Ugh! Shudder. Thou art far braver than I will ever be. And I am 100% fine with that. :)

Queenly Things said...

There is no flippin way! You are one intrepid chick!!!