When I was growing up, I was shy and awkward and scared of most everything. I didn't like roller coasters or roller skating. I was afraid of water slides and high diving boards and popping balloons. (To name just a few.)
Not much has changed except when I was growing up, my friends and family would beg and cajole and pressure me to do things I was afraid of and sometimes I'd do them...just to appease everyone.
Now, I'm all grown up and I can smile and say, "No thank you."
(It is so nice to be a grown up.)
As part of her Christmas present, Geri gave everyone a night at Whirlyball. It is a game sort of like lacrosse and basketball and you play while riding in bumper cars. (Brian said it was like an All State commercial. Mayhem.)
A few years ago, I rode in a bumper car and hurt my neck. I didn't really hurt it too terribly, but it hurt enough to know that I wasn't going to go in bumper cars again. So I smiled and said "No thank you," and was soon surrounded by a pile of keys and cell phones and happily watched the action from the sideline.
They are all naturally athletic and adventurous and I am naturally not at all athletic or adventurous. I usually bring the dessert though so I do have a place in the family. Also on Christmas day we played a game where you had to name Christmas songs and I was a super star.
Until there's another naming-Christmas-songs-game or bringing-dessert-opportunity, I'll be the one on the sidelines, babysitting cell phones and happily watching, because this group... makes me happy!