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High Dive

It takes a certain degree of fearlessness to grab the step ladder from the garage, drag the inflatable pool to the middle of the yard, fill the pool with the garden hose, and ascend for the ultimate-super-duper-triple-spiral-back-flippy-thing.

As with any daredevil-like stunt planning is involved. And by planning I mean moving nonchalantly through the engineering and setup so as not to attract undue attention from detractors and nay-sayers (aka: mom and dad). If you’re fortunate enough to get this far — to the top of the ladder then your planning and preparation skills are highly impressive and may serve you well later in life.

The key I suppose is pulling off the stunt before you mom or the firefighters pull the plug on the whole shebang. Remember too that despite all that preparation and planning, there’s no guarantee you’ll walk away without a scratch.

But, as they say, “Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.”

Tell that to the Docs next time you visit the ER. I’m sure they’ll appreciate your insight as they’re setting your body cast.

Part of the Blogging A-to-Z Challenge

Updated: April 10, 2017 — 6:46 am


  1. Oh dear, I don’t like the sound of that.

    1. Thankfully this post does not require group participation.

  2. visiting from A to Z Challenge – LOVE Calvin and Hobbs!!

  3. I love Calvin and Hobbes 🙂

    *Visiting from A-Z*

    1. I don’t think I can trust anyone who does not.

  4. LOL Glad my kids weren’t like that! I’d be a wreck!
    H is for Huey Lewis

    1. Neither were mine, but every once in a while they’d come up with some wacky adventure to embark on. Thankfully I can’t recall any ER visits as a result.

  5. I’m cringing just looking at the cartoon!! 😜 My middle son had that sort of nature when young although he never attempted that trick – but he used to love climbing trees! He did fall out of them quite a bit too but he never broke or fractured anything, amazingly enough. He is double jointed so perhaps he was able to naturally cushion his fall?!

  6. Haha! This post makes me laugh until I think of my fearless grandsons, 5 and 3, who have asked for a pool upgrade this year, Instead of the small plastic clamshell they want a ‘big blow up pool with a ladder.’ I can only imagine the stunts they will pull if I provide such a pool for them. They’ve had several ER trips and I don’t want any on my watch!

    1. Yeah, maybe avoid the ladder by the sounds of it Molly. They will certainly figure out a way to make something simple more dangerous.

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