Monday, March 27, 2006
SELF PORTRAIT TUESDAY - THIS TIME LAST YEAR
OK Tuesday is tomorrow but I've got time to do this today and who knows tomorrow. Anyway...
The theme this month is time. I thought about that yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon Darryn and I took the kids to Kaitoke Regional Park. Elliot (and Darryn as parent helper) had been there recently on a school trip (picture 100 5 and 6 year olds in the bush - doesn't bear thinking about really). They wanted to take Caitlin and I to show us where they'd been. So we all did a one hour bush walk. It was an easy stroll - as Darryn described it - "Kind of like an after lunch walk". Caitlin stopped frequently to read up the signs about the different native trees. There was about one minute of uphill climb and the rest could be tackled by your grandmother. But the thing is here we were, the Thorns, outside in the bush having a walk. We would never have done this a year ago. Just shows you what a bit of weight loss and exercise can motivate you to do with your kids.
Now there was one bad bit. Right at the very end there was a swing bridge quite high up over the river. I confess to a fear of this sort of heights. I can get up on a ladder but a swing bridge - nup. Elliot ran across it first and I told Darryn and Caitlin in no uncertain terms that they were to keep off the bridge while I crossed. I put one foot after another and kept going. In the middle I nearly had a panic attack but thought "If I stop I will die". Irrational, I know, but I was totally freaked out (though determined not the let the kids know). Darryn wanted me to turn around in the middle so he could take a photo but I truly couldn't. As I got the the end I turned for a second (even that was hard) and Darryn got this shot.
I am not doing that walk again!