Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ups and downs

Do you have a child who is deathly afraid of riding on escalators?

Here is my warning to you: Do not rejoice too much when your child announces she is no longer afraid of riding on escalators. Do not rejoice when she happily rides up said escalator to the second floor of a store. Why? There is an excellent chance that once you are done shopping on the second floor and are ready to go home, the child will announce that, although she had no fear of the "up" escalator, she is still deathly afraid of the "down" escalator. The child will not waver in her fear, even after you point out repeatedly that it's the only way back downstairs, even after you stand there and watch several dozen people ride down the escalator and not die, even after complete strangers decide to gather 'round your child and join you in the explanation of how "down" escalators are not scary.

On a side note, I'd like to thank the kind staff at Dick's Sporting Goods for showing us how to find the elevator so that we didn't have to spend the night in the tent department.


Abigail said...

Oh, those nice people at Dick's Sporting Goods. They've seen, um, everything.

Kathy from NJ said...

Sorry but I am totally with WCK. I cannot get my foot on a "down" escalator - have walked a mile in a Vegas hotel to take the elevator. Also will not take a glass elevator on the outside of a building, inside maybe. I also do not drive on bridges.