Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Push

The ball park had turned into a "Jumpy Town" with blow up play houses with make shift hoses taped to the primary colored slide runs. Naturally we were the first to arrive at the gates.  Lily loved it.  There were lots of kids lined up grinding their toes into the mud as they waited for their turn. Most of the slides ended in a muddy pool.  My Clarks *kinda rubbery heel* we're halfway submerged in mud just watching.  I mean the grass was really soaked from the pools sloshing out water and the dump of rain from the morning showers. 

Lily Serbin, self portrait, 2007, this is what she looks like when she goes down a Jumpy.

Lily's hands were clenching with delight as she slid down.  There was this toddler boy child that managed to climb to the top of the jumpy wet slide and he was having second thoughts. He was just staying put and not going down. The kids started to form a slide jam.  Lily was peering over the toddler's shoulder wondering what to do.  The toddler's mother was telling Lily to just push him down. I gave Lily the nod to go ahead and just push him.  So Lily gave him a little push...

She pushed him ever so gently.

His red Super Man cape was soggy and trailing his little bullet of a body as he rocketed down the slippery slope. He had a mask but I think it got lost in the mud somewhere.  His eyes were pushed way out and his blonde head reared as he splashed into the muddy pool.  The first thing he did when he came around from the shock was look back up the slide at Lily waiting at the top.

You just knew in his wise toddler mind he was thinking "Why the hell did she do that!".

"Oh wait...I kind of loved what just happened.".

Tomorrow brings us all closer.


  1. We all need a small push sometimes.

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