An Adventurous Moment
I am on to day 2 of the Explore class (most people are on day 3 but as we all know I like to be different). So what has Shimelle in store for us today?
A bit of a tricky one this - "What moment in your life felt your most adventurous?" I immediately knew the moment but was unsure if I could share the reasons why I was unsure but then decided that on the whole, only nice people read and write blogs and so I ought to be brave.
Ok. I think one of the bravest and most adventurous things I have ever done is abseil down the town hall. I am really afraid of heights, cannot climb a ladder if it is too high and once had to be hauled in through a window because I had climbed up a ladder and was too afraid to climb back down. But saying that, about 10 years ago when we only had a tarpaulin on the roof and David was away, the wind blew the tarpaulin off and I went up on the roof to retie it. I only got the shakes afterwards when I thought about what I had done. I had Gracia standing in the garden with Grandma's number on speed dial in case anything untoward happened. But I digress, as usual, I had signed up to do the abseil for a charity event on an impulse and as the day drew nearer I worried that I would not be able to do it.
On the actual day I just drew a big breath and pushed myself to go over the edge. The worse thing was that, because of a ledge sticking out from the building, the rope didn't allow my feet to touch the wall properly and so I just dangled to the bottom with only my toes occasionally touching the wall.
Why, didn't I want to share this with you? Well because the abseil was on a Sunday and the Thursday before I got a phone call from my Mum to say that my Dad had suddenly died.
I drove the 200 mile journey to Shropshire in a daze and on the way made the decision that I would return on the Saturday, abseil on the Sunday and drive back to Mum on the Monday. Whenever I think about the abseiling it was my leap of faith in more ways than one.
Next question from Shimelle "When did you last write a post card? Have you received any lately?" Well I cannot remember the last time I sent a postcard but today we have to send one to ourselves with our greatest adventure on - maybe I will write something else, something personal that is happening this week and I want to remember but not share. AND finally, the 'have you received any postcards lately' question. I have to say - NOT A SINGLE ONE from our little intrepid explorer and that had better be rectified soon!
Reasons to be cheerful:
1. The sun is shining and it is a glorious summer day outside.
2. The lounge has been hoovered and tidied, a load of washing done and hung out and I have found the memory stick with the children's 'Wizard of Oz' literacy work that we have been working on for the past 7 weeks - what a result for this time in the morning. (post written at 7:30am and scheduled to post at 4:00pm)
3. Only 28 more days!