I was at the boyfriend's house for a Fourth of July pool party. Kids were egging each other on to jump off the roof into the pool. I was HORRIFIED at the notion (I have a risk aversion!) as all I could think about were broken ankles and able-bodied children suddenly becoming paraplegics! I tried to insert fear and reasoning into the mix by pleading with the kids, "DON'T DO IT! DON'T DO IT! I DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE FOURTH OF JULY IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM!!!!" One kid didn't jump off the roof into the pool, and one kid did. And THANKFULLY he didn't break his ankles or his spine or his noggin'.
Full, humiliating disclosure: I was about 6 years old when I went to a neighborhood pool party. A gang of kids were lined up at the pool to go down a very fun looking slide. I got in line to get on the slide, because that is what you were supposed to do. I was worried. Very worried. As I inched my way closer to doom and climbed up the stairs to wait my turn to go down the VERY HIGH SLIDE into the pool, my stomach churned. When I got to the very top and looked down, my mind rejected it. I had to back down the slide steps in shame, and bumble my way past a gang of kids that were braver than me. D'oh!!!!!!
Thinking further on this topic, I have only jumped off of a diving board once. ONCE. I found the experience to be terrifying. Such a wuss! I don't normally GET into the pool, but when I do, I don't just JUMP IN like some kind of savage. I take the steps like a civilized person. LIKE A TOTAL CHICKENSHIT. HA!!!
What about you??????
P.S. Coincidentally, I recently watched this movie AGAIN. It is really good and has two of the hottest and most charismatic dudes in it ever. And then there is THIS scene. GULP!