Parenting is full of full circle moments. Watching my daughter ride ‘Ocean Motion’ at Cedar Point for the first time with her hands straight up in the air is now added to my log full of those moments.
It just doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was on my first ‘Ocean Motion’ ride, totally freaked out…and definitely not sticking my hands straight up in the air. As CP Marina people, my family and I would go to the church services inside Hotel Breakers every Sunday…and on the way back to the marina, we would all ride ‘Ocean Motion.’ AND the potato sack racing slides…but Planet Snoopy now sits where that ride once was.
Lots of people call my 4- year old my ‘mimi-me,’ and to a certain extent, that’s true. She looks exactly like I did at that age, and she’s very loud, dramatic, head-strong, and …. well, hilarious. Her giggle attacks make me flash back to childhood in a snap. But, one thing that sets us a part is her courage. She doesn’t over-think or over-analyze things…she’s just simply not afraid.
Except for the occasional bad dream, which Grandpa takes away with ‘Grandpa Magic,’ she’s an extremely brave and strong little kid. Just as soon as she is tall enough to ride a bigger Cedar Point ride, she’s in line…on the ride…hands straight up in the air. Which is why, now that she has just cleared the height requirement for ‘Ocean Motion…’ we’ll be riding it a lot this summer.
“Mom…don’t hold on to me…mom-don’t even touch me…I’m fine. MOM! Am I tall enough to ride this by myself yet?”
She is so little in that big ride, I can’t help but want to hold onto her in fear that she’ll fall out! Take her back to Jr. Gemini and let her ride that 10 more times in a row. (I’m not exaggerating…it was actually 11 times in a row last trip in the park. Only got off when they had to let someone else on the ride…) Kiddie rides? That’s getting to be too boring for her, now.
It’s all happening so fast. And, as I watch her ride the little kid rides with her little sister…I’m struck by how little ‘little-time’ I have left with Bri. And the ‘little-time’ I have left with Lo will go even faster, because she’s right on Brianne’s heals trying to do everything her hero, ‘Bee,’ does.
Who would’ve ever thought it’d become a reminder to soak in every moment I get to stand outside the gate and watch my little girls have fun on rides. Before I know it, they’ll be dragging me on rides I’m terrified of. For now, I just get to sit back and relax…sip my coffee and let them argue over who’s going to beep the horn or ride in front.
Happy Thrill Rides…