For Isaac's birthday this year, he wanted to ride rollercoasters. Generally, we try to have each child choose an "experience" that he can do with the whole family. But since we were in Illinois/Indiana during his birthday and no one else in our family likes roller coasters, we decided to see if we could come up with a way that he could ride some roller coasters to celebrate turning nine.
We decided to meet my childhood friend Michelle and her family at Carowinds in Charlotte. It was about a four hour drive for me and a three hour drive for them. Their son Edward is a little bit older than our boys, and they have become good friends. (Isaac has said that he is currently his best friend.) We met at a hotel the night before and just had a wonderful time together. The next day, Edward and his Dad, Hershal, joined Isaac and I at Carowinds. Hershal loves coasters and was willing to do any coaster Isaac wanted to do. Edward also tried quite a few rides.
We had a wonderful time. Isaac is a rollercoaster fanatic. He ended up deciding not to ride the three biggest coasters, but probably rode about 25-30 rides including 7 or 8 coasters. One of the coasters he really wanted to ride was really scaring him. I could tell he wanted to ride it and was going to regret not doing it. So I offered to ride it with him. He jumped at the chance. I immediately regretted this decision and begged Isaac to consider Hershal instead. But he wanted me to do it.
So I did.
It was horrible. It was a stand-up coaster. I felt sick the whole time and truly hated the experience. But I loved how proud Isaac was for doing the coaster so in the end, I'm glad I did it.
I absolutely love Michelle. We have been friends for 35 years, and I am just so excited that we live close enough for our kids to get to grow up together. It's a great relationship, and it was a great day!
Tuckered out on the drive home!