I was getting excited. Waiting nervously, in my little boys mind. I stood there patiently, a wee bit nervous but patiently. My knees were starting to shake My heart beat faster with each step I took I was getting closer to my ultimate dream
This eight year old boy's dream to ride by myself, on the bumper cars at the county fair.
Every young boy remembers that moment The moment when we can put the pedal to the metal and see the sparks fly from ceiling of the metal structure, as we slam recklessly into the next car and our heads bounce off the padded steering wheel...oh yes that feeling
The intensity inside me grew by every sinking flash of time. The Kodak moment I was waiting for You know that time..that hip hip yoorah moment of finally being independent
I was on the rise to manhood...or so I thought
The line moved as about as slow as molasses in the winter Ten people in front of me now
Four ...now two
I was next...yes, yes, yes ..I finally reached the threshold of my manlihood
The grisly looking ride operator stared at me with bewilderment and confusion
Now is the time that he unlocks that chain...that barrier that holds back my freedom The rusted links swaying back and forth.
Then err of calm set over me...the time is now I am about to become a man.. "Stand tall" ..I said to myself
I stood tall on my tip toes, straining ever so slightly, to reach the top of that painted red line just above the cartoon elephant's finger.
That moment, frozen in time!!
The world went blank as the only thing I heard was that grisly, mean looking ride operator say:
"Sorry kid, you are not tall enough to ride this ride, maybe next year."