Feeling the rollercoaster of emotion these days, so will share a memory of Disneyland’s California Adventure…
Music blares. The rapid, heavy beat reflects my pounding heart. White fists clutch the cold safety bar, padded shoulders imprison. Lu-r-ch. Plastic carts burst ahead. Sudden wind steals, whips breath away. Grinding wheels on metal tracks emit evil laughter, swallowing screams. Sway left, lean right, tip to the brink of darkness. Lift, PLUMMET, senses swirl. Finally, terror slows, allows heart to twitch, breath draws near, fighting panic. But ahead is only open sky! Abruptly, plunge over brink, to be hurled away like yesterday’s garbage. The fiend clutches close but swiftly tosses instead to a juggler’s loop. Upside down, Gravity, scorned lover, pulls close then pushes away. Ineffective protests echo prayers for this daring to quickly end. Unexpectedly, we stop. The screeching is not me, but braking wheels and for a moment all is still. Then passengers disembark, full of glee and awe. Trembling, I flee, my knees struggle not to bow with thankfulness. Bravery betrayed, defeated by a treacherous rollercoaster. Yet I live!
*California Adventure photo CCO public domain, courtesy of Pixabay.com