Spirit Grooves

Up a Treehouse….(without a paddle)

By on October 10, 2012

Did you ever wish you could go back and re-do parts of your childhood?

Well, I was so shy and fearful as a child that I missed out on a lot. If it weren’t for the fact that I had a sister, who was practically my twin we were so close in age, who was also my protector, translator and unconditionally adoring best friend, I’m sure I would have had some kind of “diagnosis”. I also wouldn’t have done half of the things I managed to do.

Looking back, I don’t know what I was so afraid of…

And now, with my 5 year old daughter, every day is a chance to play in childhood again.

And then she asked me to go up into her tree-house. It’s actually the sort of tower part of her swing-set. I’ve managed to avoid it for the most part. I get icked out by webs and potential creepy crawlies. I get nervous climbing up and climbing down. The slide goes so fast it actually scares me.

But after putting her off for a day, I went. She brought the biggest bag of stuff from her playroom, I didn’t know how long we’d be gone.

The Monster...

Well… it was great. I was pretty nervous climbing down but I didn’t let on. She climbed down first and I said, “Wait, be careful… do you want me to go first so I can hold you?” and she said, “Mom, I’m big enough. I do this all the time.”

And I’ve seen her at school.. so grateful that I’m not there when they play because I don’t know how any of them survive it. They climb, they jump, they swing so high.

What is wrong with me that I am so paranoid?!

And now, the photographic evidence of my trip up and into the tree-house. It was pleasantly un-webby.

Bowl of (crystal and dirt) hors d’oeuvres
See the slide… Scaaaarrrryyyy…..

“Chalking” off the rooms of the Castle

View from the Top

 

Comments

  1. Melissa
    October 10, 2012

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    That looks like so much fun! Being able to experience childhood again is one of the many wonderful things I love about being a parent. I bet M had a really special time!

    • treepeters
      October 12, 2012

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      It really is an amazing perk of parenthood. I feel so fortunate that I have the time to “play” with her. I actually feel a bit deprived now that she’s in kindergarten! although I will enjoy the time. Oh boy, will I.

  2. jan
    October 10, 2012

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    You are such a good mom for conquering the heebie-jeebies to climb up!

    • treepeters
      October 12, 2012

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      Oh thanks for saying that. I do *feel* like I’m doing good when I overcome my fears.

  3. Ellen
    October 11, 2012

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    I’m SO glad you posted pics of your treehouse adventure! That slide is STEEP! No wonder you’re creeped out by it.

    • treepeters
      October 12, 2012

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      I know!! And yet I’ve seen 3 year olds totally rock it.

  4. beerab
    October 12, 2012

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    Nice! What a great place to play :) I’m glad you went up :)

  5. Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry
    October 21, 2012

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    Isn’t it wonderful how I children help us conquer so many fears. I, myself, and a shy, reserved person and yet Jesse has to greet every single person in the supermarket resulting in SO many conversations with strangers, I’ve become quite used to it ;)

  6. Stephen
    November 12, 2012

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    Hurrah! That’s awesome.

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