Peggy Jaeger's First Time is heart-pounding, inspirational, and, just, WOW! I'd never be brave enough to do this and my hat goes off to Peggy for being so brave.
My daughter and I no longer give one another birthday presents. We are both at stages in our lives where it’s more important we spend time with one another and do things together than give one another gift cards or spa days.
Last year, for our mutual birthdays, we decided to do something neither of us had ever done before: fly on a trapeze.
Yup. My 28 year old in-shape, marathon- runner daughter and this 57 year old chubby, scared of heights, and hot flashing mama, took Trapeze lessons. And it was amazeballs.
First of all, when someone tells you “it’s not as easy as it looks,” please believe them!! Yes, it always looks sososos easy when circus performers fly back and forth on the trapeze wire, but realize something: They practice for hours every day and gravity is a real thing!
Did I mention I’m scared of heights? The first time I climbed up the forty feet of the trapeze tower I felt like I was going to throw up. When I stood with my toes pointed out over the tiny waiting stand and stretched out to grab the trapeze bar, I thought I might pass out. And when the instructor ordered, “Jump!” I had an out of body experience as I went flying – literally - through the air.
What a rush! Hanging by just the shear will of my hands gripped on that very heavy bar, I pointed my toes and swayed back and forth like I was on a swing, only not sitting, but dangling 40 feet above the ground. The next command shouted at me was “Pull your legs up on the bar and clutch on.” I did as instructed, having lost all sense of self and common sense by this time. When he then called out “Let go of the bar and fall backwards,” my inner daredevil finally broke through.
Can I just tell you what dangling upside down with just the back of your knees holding all your weight on a two inch think bar, while you’re swinging back and forth and – I’ll repeat: UPSIDE DOWN – and overlooking lower Manhattan feels like?
Empowering. Daring. Fearless. Brave.
The last command given was, “Okay. Swing forward, pull your legs out, and do a somersault backward out so you can fall down to the net.”
Oh yeah, there was a net. Of course there was. I’m not that stupid!
My landing wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t even graceful. A chubby 57 year old woman doesn’t look anything resembling graceful falling backward, that’s for sure. But I did manage to get down without, a) passing out, b) wetting my yoga pants, and c) in one piece.
I impressed myself that day. And my husband and daughter, as well.
That’s a solid “Check” on the old bucket list, for sure.
Oh, and next year for our birthdays? We’re going skydiving.
Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
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~April 3, 2018
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