The thread about how are kids scare us got me to thinking about the moments when my kids did something that was not quite so serious or life threatening as an auto accident, but cause me to lose the power of speech, and my heart to skip a beat or two. Here's two of mine:
1.My daughter was 4, and of course since she is almost a clone of her mother, very independent. We where going down the carpeted stairs into the basement, she had to do it herself, and wouldn't hold my hand. Both kids would usually jump of the last step or two, not really a big deal. But this day she stopped on the 5th step from the bottom, said 'I jump' and launched herself into the air. Like a Sam Peckenpaugh movie, I heard my voice in a long drawn out 'nnnnoooooooo'. She almost made it. She landed on her feet on the last step, and took a casual step on to the floor. Meanwhile, you could see my heart pounding through my shirt.
2.My son was about 10, and decided he wanted to rollerblade in the driveway, so he put his skates on, inside the house. To get outside he had to go down three steps. I just happen to be standing near the steps when he came out of the door. he paused at the top of the steps, I started to say 'Don't you do it!', but I only gout out 'D' be for he was flying through the air. He landed on his feet, and skated away. I was left standing there with my lips moving but no sound was coming out, and my life shortened by a few heart beats.