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    Friday, May 23, 2008

    Flash 55, Take 34

    I know he's going to ask me to do it.

    My legs begin to shake at the thought.

    I can't make my mind stop reeling.

    As I look up, I feel sick and weak.

    I didn't sign on for this.

    I know I have to do something.
    He can't do it alone.

    Here I come!


    If you are interested in attempting to write a 55, you can visit here. If you do one, go tell G-Man that you did.


    I wrote this 55 based on my extreme fear of heights. Unfortunately, I chose a profession that requires me to be in the air part of the time.

    My boss, who is also my step father of 30 years, makes a point of trying to keep me on the ground. He respects my fear, even though I feel like an idiot for being so afraid. He is quite resourceful in finding ways for me to help while staying on the ground. He builds jigs so that I can hold signs from the ground.

    However, there are jobs that require both of us to be in the air. Yesterday was one of those days. I took a deep breath and climbed up to get on the scaffold. My legs were shaking the entire time, but I did it. After a while, I almost forgot that I was 16 feet in the air with little between me and the Earth.

    I was so proud of myself for being able to get up there and help out the way I'm supposed to. It was a good day.

    (I have more pictures, with me on the scaffold, that I hope to post when I get to work. The pics are on the work camera.)


    G-Man said...

    Just don't take any swan dives OK...
    I loved your 55 Jenn..
    I knew you could do it!!

    ciara said...

    signgurl-you faced your fear and that's always a good thing in my book! i love the 55. (i don't like heights either :-/ )

    Lori said...

    You are so good at leading the mind astray you vixen! lol

    I'm glad you were able to face your fear. HUGS

    Big Pissy said...

    Good for you! Facing a major fear like that is an accomplishment to be proud of. :)

    Great 55~as always. :)

    Flyinfox_SATX said...

    Good for you on conquering your fears. That is harder than it looks...to do.


    Mona said...

    O, the unpleasant tasks that Life extorts from us sometimes...

    Yet I guess that we have to take everything with a grain of salt..

    That adds a taste to a living!

    Have a happy weekend Jenn! :)

    lime said...

    i'm glad to know he is so considerate of you and proud of you for managing so well when you have to.

    gab said...

    Yep I have that same fear....its one that pretty much keeps me off planes as well. Not saying I havent been on one cause I have but boy were my figers white by the time we landed. Its also why when we went on family vacations through montana and whyoming and colorado that I slept! And when I did wake up I freaked when they told me to look out the window!!!!!

    Melanie said...

    oh dear god, that would scare the piss out of me too.

    cadbury_vw said...

    did your fear affect you less now than when you were heavier?

    did your increases physical ability/mobility allow you to feel more confident about the heights?

    barman said...

    I did that myself. I had to get about 14 feet or so off the ground. I rented some scaffolding and was amazed how much I still was in terror being up in the air. After a while I adjusted and got the siding hung only to have it blow off over the winter. Grrr... I sure wish I did not have that darn fear. Oh well. Congrats and Gettingerdone! You should see me on a roller coaster.

    I think I am finally coming back out of hiding. Thanks for dragging me along last weekend.

    katie said...

    I am so proud of yuo signgurl!!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    jillie said...

    Driving over bridges is what kills me! YIKES...Great 55 though.

    Those picture of you and everyone looks like fun! That's awesome for Roxi...way to go!

    Gosh Jenn, I sure hope you're feeling better. I think I've got something going on in my gut. I hate that feeling. Kind of like you can actually "feel" the food digesting...ugh!!!!

    I feel like I've been away FOREVER!