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Tug tight on the straps.


I stand with the pushchair and watch from afar,
Quite literally stunned at how brave they both are.

As if you look closer, that nondescript dot,
sat next to my hubby, is my little tot!

The track climbs before me, up over my head,
My stomach’s in knots and my heart pounds with dread.

I watch as their coaster climbs into the sky,
Just how can my baby be up there so high?

I know she’s delighted and safe with her dad,
But a churning inside me is making me sad.

The tiniest rides used to fill her with glee,
And she’d squeal with excitement gripped tight on my knee.


But tot rides don’t thrill as they once used to do,
Grandpa Pig’s train’s somehow lost it’s “Choo choo”?

So now, there she goes.
With no whisper of fright.
Just a big cheeky smile and a shriek of delight!

The train rushes to me and hurtles straight passed,
And I try not to yelp out “SLOW DOWN!”

“Not so fast…”

The roar quickly fades and I’m left with my thoughts.
Feeling slightly unsettled and quite out of sorts.

I glance at the pushchair. The Boy’s still just one,
But a rush and a roar and he too shall move on.

Perhaps in these moments, the best thing to do,
Is to suck up the fear and just get in the queue.

To embark and embrace this mad parenting train,
and to shrug off those voices that drive us insane.

Climb in, by their side, and make sure they’re strapped in.
Take hold of their hands, let the journey begin.

And as time pulls us higher try not to shout “STOP!”
Just open our hearts to the view from the top.

To rejoice in the ride as they climb and they grow.

Get ready.

Hold Tight.

Take a breath.

… And let go.



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68 thoughts on “Tug tight on the straps.

  1. Haha, yes these little toys are fearless. Cygnet is 2 and I have to go on the big slide with him at the new Magic Garden at Hampton court palace. It is really fast – he loves it. I hate it. Thanks for this post. Pen xx #fartglitter

  2. What a gorgeous post Dawn. I feel like time is flying by so quickly with my little guy and it’s so hard isn’t it? But wonderful to watch. I love how brave little kids are! #fartglitter

  3. My kids are fearless with these rides now me I hate them can’t open my eyes great post as usual really look forward to your posts always make me smile #thanks for hosting #fartglitter

    1. Thank you Catie! That’s such a lovely thing to say. Thanks for linking up with us too – I pinky promise I’ll be back to #ablogginggoodtime next week once normality returns and Miss Tot is back at nursery 🙂 I’ve missed linking up with you! xx

  4. Love this! It’s sometimes hard not to wish things would slow down when you realise how quickly they’re growing up, but I think you’re right – we just need to embrace the journey and enjoy the ride. #fartglitter

  5. Bet you are glad daddy does the rides! I get really sick and it’s so annoying! Must be so strange and scary as the grow and get braver but also quite a proud feeling too! Xx thanks for hosting x

    1. I am so relieved that Daddy does the rides. I’m just dreading The Boy being big enough to go on as that will squash my excuses for not going on! Eek! Thanks so much for linking hon. Looking forward to getting back to #bestandworst next week once normal (back at nursery) service is resumed 🙂 xx

  6. Ohh this one is just lovely, maybe my favourite rhyme so far. I am genuinely terrified of any kind of ride – dad will be stepping in for that! #fartglitter

  7. Oh gosh this is so lovely. Your posts always make me laugh but this one made me cry, they grow way too quick don’t they! I am super emotional this week with my daughter starting school next week! I really don’t like rides now I’m older, as a child I did but last month I cried on a childrens ride!! #fartglitter

  8. My biggest beast just doesn’t understand why anyone would want to go on a ride bless him, the little one wants to go on everything but is too small! Lovely rhyme. #fartglitter

  9. Kids have no fear do they! It’s only when you get older and realise what can happen… which I guess makes it a nice thing when they’re still so unaware as it means they’re still children! Doesn’t make it any easier for you though, at the bottom of that roller coaster! Lovely rhyme as always 🙂 #FartGlitter xx

  10. I will never forget our first trip to Disneyland. It was more a trip for the oldest boys as the littles don’t even remember. My oldest little was 2 1/2 at the time and tall for his age. Somehow tall enough to ride the tower of terror where they take you into what is supposed to be an elevator falling. I will never forget how happy and excited he was. He wanted to go again and again and again. And every time one of us would take him there would be someone on the ride amazed at how brave he was at the ripe ol age of 2 1/2 when others would come off the ride crying and claiming never to return. Our then 1 year old girl…took her on the kiddie roller coaster and she screamed her head off in pure terror lol. It will be interesting to see how she does when we return in a couple of years. Thanks so much for hostessing the fabulous #fartglitter.

    1. Oh my word – THE Tower of Terror? At 2 1/2?? He is officially my new superhero. I’m so impressed. I think I left part of my stomach on that blimmin thing a few years ago. I’ve never recovered! Thank you for linking up your fabulousness xx

  11. My eldest is seven and loves going on the biggest rides she can, only problem hubby has fear of nights and can’t join her so its up to me to take her, Im dreading as she gets even older and can ride the bigger ones #fartglitter

  12. I love this. Totally get that it’s based on a fairground ride but love that it embraces the fear we have as parents of our little ones growing up. You’re right though. We just have to take a deep breath and go with it. And be with them every step of the way. Truly love this. #fartglitter

  13. Perfect poem about letting your little one push their own boundaries but still wanting to protect them! Guess it never really changes – I think my mum still feels the same whenever I get on a flight, or drive at night ?? Loving your work!

  14. Awe, this poem is lovely and I have a sneaky feeling it is about more than just letting your child go on a roller coaster? ! We went to Paulton Park not that long ago and I was shocked by what rises Leo wanted to go in, the trains don’t cut it for him anymore either xx #Fartglitter

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