“Oh, my God, that is Sam!” I shouted before he could answer.
My 9-year-old was dangling from the zip line by his belt loop, hands flailing, mouthing something that looked like a distress call, all while wearing a huge smile from ear to ear.
As I ran to the rescue, I couldn’t help but laugh. The exchange went something like this:
“What were you thinking, Sam?”
“I don’t know, just trying something different. Can you get me down?”
“Did you honestly think clipping a carabiner to your belt loop and zip line and launching off the treehouse was a good idea?”
“I don’t know, I thought it would be fun. Can you please get me down?”
“Sure you don’t want to stay like that ’til your dad gets home?”
“No, I have a gigantic wedgie. … Please get me down.”
I unclipped him, and we both fell to the ground laughing. At that moment, I realized I could do anything if I just thought more like Sam: Try something different. Always be in search of fun. And even if it results in a gigantic wedgie … smile!
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