OK, so it wasn’t necessarily a death coaster, but this definitely wasn’t the safest or smartest thing I’ve ever done.
This past Saturday night I went out with a couple of junior high age girls for traditional tea after their nightly meal to break the fast during R@madan.
So, after we sat and talked for awhile, one of the girls got all excited and asked if we could go to this park where they had some carnival rides set up. Sure! I was pretty excited to go with them. It was my first time out with these girls, and they seemed pretty excited to take me to this carnival.
So we walked to the other side of the city, and arrived at the carnival. Well, it had three rides. Not bad for M!trov!ca.
So, the girls headed for the biggest ride there, a kind of spinny coaster thing. It didn’t look like anyone had died yet, and people looked like they were having fun. So, why not?
This year is all about building relationship, and sometimes the best way to build relationship is to do crazy things together. This wasn’t just a carnival, this was opportunity.
However, if you know me at all, I’m not a huge fan of rides, especially rides that can be set up and taken down in the matter of hours. Some people think that adds to the thrill of the coaster.
Me? Not so much.
So, I get on the coaster, and I bring down the bar that’s supposed to keep you safe while your spinning. It doesn’t lock. But it’s too late. I’m in, and the girls are yelling, looking back and talking to me and excited I’m actually riding this spinning wheel of death with them.
I take a deep breath, pray, pay my 50 cents, and we’re off. I hold on for dear life, too scared to even scream. Half way through I realize I wasn’t even breathing, and after I took a few breaths, I relax and realize I’m not going to die. In fact, I might even say the fact that I could have died actually did add a little fun to the whole experience.
And now, I can honestly say I had fun. It was stupid fun, but definitely worth the giggles, screams and smiles with the girls afterward.
I can’t wait until we have our next adventure.