|Zip lining through Sentosa Island, Singapore|
With my son two weeks off from school for Spring Break, we decided to head East to Singapore. My husband and I have both been before, and although it has changed and improved exponentially, we just focussed on some of the major family highlights and spending some much needed quality time together.
During this trip, we went back to Sentosa Island as it had much more to offer than the first time around - including a zip line. This included a nice walk through the manmade bridges and paths to the start.
We arrived, strapped up and signed our life away before ascending several stories up a tower. I’m no expert in distance, but it was high. As we overlooked the jungle as they were clipping us onto the lines, my son confided in me that he was a little scared. I told him I was too. I was a bit surprised because he takes after his father in these adrenaline things.
I then looked over at my husband, veteran New Zealand Canyon Swinger and Sky Diver, like I must be nuts. I was about to hurl myself into the jungles of Sentosa, son first.
Before we knew it, we were released and flying down the line. It was exhilarating, but I held on for dear life. My son, immediately howled with excitement and let go with his arms wide open embracing everything that life had to offer at that moment.
They company that manages the zip line took this picture of us. Although you cannot see our faces, I thought this was quite analogous for how we often manage diabetes in small children. They are really unaware of your fear as you hold on for dear life.
The diabetic child is often oblivious to the risks they face, but yet we hang on behind them as we encourage them to take on the world knowing no different. They ride shot gun as we are in "control" into the uncertain and unknown.
I don’t know when they realize both the real and implied risks that go along with this condition. For us, we introduce things in an age appropriate context as they come. We can only hope that he has healthy relationship with whatever he faces on this crazy ride. Sometimes it may require a fair amount of trust and throwing all caution to the wind to enjoy the ride.