Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Up on a 24 ft. ladder, I am reminded, quite bluntly, how fleeting life may be.  ladder                  One wrong move and down I would go. Now, who knows if I would survive, and in what capacity?  Yes, life is indeed fleeting when confronted with fearsome heights.

Now, I’m not afraid of heights, I rather enjoy them.  I grew up on my grandparents’ farm turned tree nursery and was climbing by the time I was walking.  Broke my leg at 4 by climbing atop the top bar of the swing set and promply falling off.  My grandfather told the doctor to please not put a walking cast on me, but that didn’t stop me.  The next day, I was climbing again, cast in tow.  I’m the first to want to take an elevator to the top of a skyscraper or sit by the window in an airplane.

Fast forward 50 years and I found myself alone at home, needing to do some painting and repairs.  I thought I could climb up and paint the dormers on my roof.  Hmm, not very bright, was I?  I positioned the ladder and got up there alright, being very surprised at the slant angle of this particular roof.  Not to be outdone, I kept going up and sat there admiring the view and quietness of the street and town.  I couldn’t do much of any painting as there wasn’t a place to put the pail down without spilling it.  (A little planning would have helped.)  So, I decided to go back down.

Alas, one look down at the ladder and fear gripped me.  I needed someone to hold it.  What was I to do?  I could yell for help, but no one was at home on the street and drivers of vehicles passing by did not look up.  Arghhh!  So, I did the next best thing and decided to go up and over and shimmy down a tree near my back door.   Now, mind you, I had not shimmied down a tree since I was about 17 years old.  It was a bruising and scuffing experience.  But, good news is, I made it down safely and with no broken bones.  Now, how to paint those dormers????

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23 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

  1. Better safe than sorry – especially when a ladder is involved!

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  4. loving your take on fleeting and a great shot to back it up.

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  9. I enjoyed your pairing of the photo and the story–you have a nice voice.

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