Posted on | July 19, 2012 | 5 Comments
Taylor jumps out of planes sometimes. No big deal. I joke with him that he looks like a Lemming following his buddies off a cliff. The idea is just absurd to me. But as you can imagine, it’s pretty damn cool when you’re two-years-old.
I started talking the jump up to Sully a few days ago. I said to him, “Sully, we’re going to go watch Daddy jump out of a plane that is way up in the sky.” And he said, “Oh…that’s crazy, Mommy.” And I just said, “Yup, you’re right, baby.” Over the days leading up to the jump, we talked about it here and there. Sully would ask things like, “He’s going to be in the clouds, Mommy?” or, “Why Daddy jump out of planes, Mommy?” and I would just answer as honestly as could with things like, “Yes, he’ll be near the clouds,” and “Because sometimes you have to fight bad guys by jumping out of planes.”
Sully really liked thinking that his daddy fought bad guys. And by the time of the jump, Sully decided his daddy was a super hero who was jumping out of planes to defend all evil. Not far from the truth, I suppose.
So, on Tuesday, I woke up at 4:45AM. I showered (why?!?! I just got nasty waiting to watch him jump in a dirt field!), drank a Diet Coke in peace, and rolled my eyes at the news for a little while until it was time to get the babies up at the unGodly hour of 5:30AM. They scarfed breakfast, carried their sippy cups to the car, and settled in for the hour ride to the jump zone. When we got there, we waited an hour to watch Taylor jump. In the mean time, we got to watch others jump while Sully played in the dirt. It was a win-win all around.
Taylor pointed out the planes and guys from his unit as they leaped from 1300 feet.
Arlo thought the whole thing was pretty cool. After a couple of hours, it was time for Tay to jump. We watched as the boarded the tiny plane. I have to admit, my palms were sweating like crazy. It was a really attractive moment for me.
They flew around for a couple of minutes, and all of the sudden, little dots appeared in the sky. Sully said, “Oh, ders Daddy fighting bad guys!”
It must be a strange thing, you know, watching you dad jump from a plane when you’re only two. I’d imagine his daddy seems larger than life to him. I think that’s pretty damn cool.
Taylor made it safely to the ground, of course. I was happy to see him, and Sully asked, “Daddy? I go jump out the planes now?”
I’m skeered for what the teenage years will bring us with this one.
I guess when you’re daddy is a super hero who fights bad guys from the air, you’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill. I have to say, it was an awesome experience watching my biggest watch his hero. I wouldn’t trade moments like this for the world.