Going Over the Edge
© copyright 2004-2005
by Lin Stone
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It took my grandson almost five whole minutes to take that first step off the cliff. "Will the rope hold on that rock?" "Am I hooked up right?" "What if I lose my balance?" "What if I fall over backwards?" "WHAT IF I BREAK A LEG?"
Even when he got beyond that first step to where the fun really begins he was timid and afraid. Inch by inch he came down the cliff. But by the time Bo made his third descent he was descending a foot or two at a time. And before the morning was over he was descending head first just to prove to himself that he could.
Now, before your heart pounds too far out of your chest let me add that we had a Ranger (U.S. Army, not Park Service) skilled in teaching the art of rappelling to other Rangers going on hazardous rescue missions -- right there on the spot with him to teach and monitor Bo's progress.
Furthermore, Bo was his only student that morning. His whole, undivided attention was devoted to teaching Bo how to rappel like a pro. If you can afford it, that's the way to go. It is less expensive to share a class with others.
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Lin Stone is an author, writer and photographer living in Noble Arkansas. His articles and essays are syndicated by talewins to be published automatically on other web sites. He writes about adventures and he writes about the peaceable things of this world for Your Vacation World. In his spare time Lin writes copy for insurance roundup. You can have immediate, and free, reading of many more pieces when you send your little surfer scooting to Lin's home page at http://www.talewins.com/StoneSoup.htm where he keeps stirring up more good things for the soul.