My Slinky-Dog Scare: The Near-Death Experience That Never Was

Many a grown adult has confessed to shedding a tear or two while watching Toy Story 3.  Although I am not part of that group, I just have to say that the slinky dog character in the movie nearly made me wet my pants a month ago.

During our recent trip to Hongkong Disneyland, my daughter was relentless in her pursuit to make me go on the Slinky Dog ride with her.  I was never a fan of theme park rides, so you can just imagine how I felt as we were queuing up for the ride.  My stomach was in knots, and I can barely think straight.  That slinky dog must’ve smelled my fear from a mile away.

In her most reassuring voice, my daughter said, “Mama, just hold my hand, close your eyes, and think of happy thoughts, ok?  It’s going to be fun!”  I couldn’t believe hearing those words from a 6-year old.  It was a Freaky Friday- Jaime Lee- Lindsay Lohan type of role reversal.  I felt as if she reattached our umbilical cord.  She made me feel safe beyond words.

As we got on the ride, I just kept my eyes on her and forced a huge grin.  I held her hand and screamed my lungs out.  Seeing her have fun was enough to make my fears drop a notch or two.

That day, I realized that there really are some things we learn from our kids.  My daughter taught me to just let go and be brave, that things don’t turn out as bad as we feared they would.  She is now my bastion of courage.  Whenever I look back on that moment, I feel like crying…

How about you?  What important life lesson have you learned from your kids?

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  1. that’s fantastic. isn’t it amazing the things our kids teach us. my son has taught me to take time and notice life. when we take our little walks he notices every single thing in sight. everything is still new to him and i love seeing life through his eyes.

  2. I will admit, I cry every time in Toy Story 3. The incinerator part gets me. Worse when Andy says his final good-bye, I bawl.

    Sometimes I think kids teach us more than we teach them. I also thing that’s not fair. Necessary. Cool. But totally not fair;)

    Good post.

  3. Aww how cute. I love how profound kids can be. They see life in such a pure way. It’s amazing. My son has taught me so many things but the most important lesson is about love. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – I never knew how much love I had on the inside of me until I became a mother.

  4. So sweet :) I think my daughter constantly reminds me to take a step back from the things I ‘have to do’ and enjoy what’s currently happening.

  5. What a precious moment! There have been so many things I’ve learned from my children. I’ve learned to be more friendly (I was kind of antisocial pre-kids). I’ve learned to view my world with new eyes of wonder. I’ve learned to be thankful for the small things. There’s so much, honestly. I truly am grateful to both my girls as they’ve made me such a better person.

    p.s. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog! I really appreciate it!

  6. So cute! Kids are the absolute best teachers.

  7. Making It Work Mom says

    Love that story. My children teach me so much every day. I sometimes just have to slow down enough to actually listen and learn.

  8. Nikki-Laine says

    Aww! That is such a cute little story. My kids are a bit too young yet, but just watching them play and smile is enough to brighten my day.

  9. Aw, what a sweet moment. Sometimes my 3 year old is just full of wisdom and makes me seriously think. I can’t imagine what she’ll be teaching me by the time she’s 6. :)

  10. my kids taught me to take a breath and relax a little bit,(and to improvise). sometimes they ask me if I’m tired already and they ask me to sleep. I laugh everytime because I know they just want to use the computer, lol. haven’t been here for a long time. still love your writing style and that header, hahaha.

  11. I probably would be too afraid..I am not an adventurous mom…that’s why I always take only photos :D I know I learned a lot from my kids but can’t write all of them now…hmmm just to say something, I always learn a word or two since their German is better than mine :D

  12. I love this post on so many levels. Now a senior citizen I can say I am still learning from my “kids” who are raising kids of their own. Each stage of life brings more lessons.

    • The learning never ends, does it? :). I love the SMORE website. That’ll be really helpful for me. I’ll go and explore it more right now. thanks :)

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