You Say Phobia, I Say Phew

The swinging bridge of TERROR (to me, any way)

I’m afraid of heights and avoid them if at all possible, but sometimes you have to put on a brave face for your kids.

Now in private I personally think it’s OK if you freak out like a 10-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

Recently I had no choice but to face my fear of heights head on at Girl Scouts camp. This was our first Girl Scouts camp experience and I’ll admit that I thought it was all Kumbaya and s’mores around the camp fire, not clutching for dear life as I crossed a swinging bridge of terror.

OK so I’m exaggerating, perhaps, a wee bit. But it did make me really nervous.

We arrived a little late for Girl Scouts camp since my younger daughter Miss A had a soccer game that morning. When we checked in I had to hunt down Miss C’s troop and was told they were on the obstacle course. I conveniently zoned out when I was told something about a “swinging bridge.” I left Miss A in the capable hands of her troop and started across the pasture with Miss C and then climbed over the fence toward the woods. I’m a country girl at heart and I grew up in the boonies so I’m OK with being up close and personal with horses and their poop.

We approached the edge of the woods and I saw the steep metal steps leading up to the swinging bridge and then one singular thought (and trust me that’s a rare occasion) ran through my mind–OH SH*T.

Of course Miss C thought the swinging bridge was incredibly cool, but it made me incredibly sweaty.

Yes I am a total chicken.  My 8-year-old is braver than me. Don’t even get me started on roller coasters.

On the way back, though, I was solo and I had no one to distract me as I gingerly walked as quickly as possible across the bridge, grabbing the railing, without looking down.

It dawned on me how utterly ridiculous I looked in my capri jeans and t-shirt with a monogrammed tote bag slung across my shoulder and just how far removed I am from my country girl roots, horse poop and all.

Obviously I’ll never be a contestant on Survivor.

So what are you afraid of? Heights, spiders, having to take your kids to a Justin Bieber concert?


  1. Margaret @ Peace and Paper Designs says:

    That’s a very beautiful picture, but it does look scary! I am scared of lots of things. It’s kinda ridiculous! I really hate being the passenger with people who drive fast, roller coasters, things like that. I always tell my boyfriend I’m going to install a passengers side brake. Yes, I am that person who drives down the middle lane of the highway going 55… hey, the minimum speed is 45-50 here! 😉 Have a great day!


  2. Amy says:

    Ummmm…there is even water under that bridge….I would have been waiting patiently for everyone to come back over to where we started. I don’t like a good, sturdy brigde over anything. That one might have done me in!

  3. Jamie says:

    The whole thing would sway underfoot as you walked. I know it was safe but the sensation was enough to freak me out!

  4. Mimi says:

    i would rather stand in the middle of that bridge and jump up and down than to ride 10 feet in an elevator.

  5. The Practical Mom says:

    Oh man that would have made me nervous. I’m guessing I would have put on a brave face too though. I’d hate to influence my child to be scared if it’s something they’re not afraid of.

  6. Danielle says:

    Know how you feel! It’s bad enough having them up so high, they have no business swinging! But kids need to see us strong so they know there is nothing to fear. (let them learn the truth later)


  7. Kittenish says:

    Wow, that’s a great photograph!

    Personally, I’m terrified of spiders. Scared to death of them. I need my guy to kill them for me, ’cause I’m afraid they’ll attack me while I’m trying to snuff them out (I stepped on a spider once when I was a kid and it crawled up my leg – ’nuff said).

    The bridge, however, looks kinda fun. 🙂

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