We speedwalked. I couldn't believe she was actually going to do this. The bungee-jump ride is new at the RenFaire this year. (EDIT: Look in comments for a picture!) The kids (and lighter adults) are weighed, and the cords are adjusted to their weight. The cords are pulled taut to lift the kid a little off the ground.
And then the kids are shot 15-30 feet up in the air, aided by a trampoline. For what, five minutes, I think? For a not-insignificant span of time.
We'd walked by it earlier, when docorion and I had Elayna. It looked terrifying. Elayna agreed that those people were nuts.
But we got there, and there she was, harness around her hips, giggling. A particular look in her eyes: "Omigod, I can't believe I'm actually going to do this."
I commented to yendi: "She's got balls of steel."
But yeah - she'd been on line for half an hour, watching people shoot up in the air, and she still wanted to do it. I hugged her - "You're brave, kiddo!" - and she went up.
The cords were slowly pulled. The attendant grabbed her by the hips... and pushed her down on the trampoline, and released her.
Whoosh! About fifteen feet to start with, straight up, and she screamed... but when she got back down, she pushed off on the trampoline to go even higher. Whoosh! Screaming and laughing, golden hair flying around her face. My crazy little girl. My fearless kid.
"Hey, Elayna! Do a flip!"
"No!!! Are you crazy?" Then another shriek as she went up again, all the way to to the top of the poles.
Over and over.
She stumbled off the trampoline when she was done, needing grown-up help, and she giggled about how her legs felt like jelly, and over and over: "I want to do that again!"
"Not now, though - we have stuff to do-"
"But next time? Next time we come to the RenFaire, can I do it twice?"
Yes. And next time, we bring a video camera, so we can capture my girl soaring through the air, and shrieking, and laughing. Tiny fearless girl so high up, against a bright blue sky. Thirty feet up and rising. Balls of steel, I tell you.
<--- proud mama