Today my Baby DD tackled her fears and joined the queue to ride Oblivion – without me! In fact I wasn’t even invited to join the trip!! A group of them (all 14 year olds) arranged their own trip to Alton Towers. They arranged the minibus (a friend of one of the parents), arranged half price tickets, got themselves up and out at the crack of dawn (well normal time to us adults but mega early for teenagers on a Saturday) and they had themselves a whale of a time. Not without some tears by all accounts. You see Baby DD has flatly refused to even get any where near the queue for Oblivion in the past, she’s scared. That’s ok, she is often scared of things that the rest of us just get on with but she deals with each in her own way and her own time. I have learnt that there is no point whatsoever in trying to make her do it any other way. And so I let her trot off today to a large Theme Park and just kept my fingers crossed. She knew all her friends intended ‘encouraging’ her to try it and she really didn’t know how she was going to react.
In the end she joined the queue without any fuss – unbeknown to her pals, she’d sent me a text saying they were on their way to it. She chatted and smiled as they progressed through the queue, all was well. Eventually they reached the front of the queue and …………. IT BROKE DOWN.
Well, you can imagine can’t you, for one whose tummy was already in knots that was the final straw and, well lets just say ‘there appeared a little wetness upon her cheeks’ Another text home to say it had broken down received a reply from me telling her that she really didn’t have to do it if she didn’t want to – and then silence, no more text messages. It seemed to me to be an awfully long time but it probably wasn’t and then I got the text ‘MOMMY I DID IT!’ and yes it was in capital letters to let me know that she was shouting it. WOOHOO went my proud reply. No big deal I know to lots of folk who (like me) love all the big rides, but for my scared Baby DD it was something significant.
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