High wired

February 16, 2012

The news that some chappy has won permission to tightrope-walk his way over Niagara Falls has got me thinking. Mostly, why on earth would anyone want to do this? And also, of course, why bother? Most of the women I know are already tippy-toeing across a high wire most of the time. Holding down jobs, running houses, finding homework, washing uniform and cooking – every single day – is no mean feat. Would you like to do some more tightrope-walking, in pursuit of glory or adrenalin? This time with a real vertiginous drop, not just the rupture of family harmony that most of us are seeking to avoid? Nope, thought not.

Possibly this man has a family of his own and he’s finding it difficult to meet everyone’s needs. In which case, it’s absolutely fair enough to run off and dangle from a string above a foaming torrent of water. But somehow, I doubt it. I expect he’s got a Mrs Crazy Adrenalin-Junkie at home, dealing with that side of things.

Maybe it’s just living with teenagers that makes life feel like a teetering journey between impenetrable sulks and door-juddering rows. Or maybe it’s the combination of teenagers, moody mothers and much younger children some of the time that makes life such, er, fun.

Whatever it is, it’s suddenly making Canada sound quite appealing. Where’s my passport?

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  • writeonmum February 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    OMG! He’s obviously bonkers! He’s either 100% confident he will succeed or, wants to end his life but slitting his wrists or an overdose doesn’t appeal. At least if he was to die trying this, he’d go out with a bang…or a big splash! x

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Poor man, I hope he’ll have some kind of safety net (though I’m not sure how they’d stretch it that far) … definitely crackers x

  • Crystal Jigsaw February 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I honestly have never understood the buzz people get out of risking their lives with these dare devil activities. Life is too short to risk, surely? And what’s more, my personal, and very humble, opinion is that people like this man are quite selfish, especially if he does have a wife and kids.

    Good luck to him. I do hope he doesn’t fall.

    CJ x

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I hope he doesn’t fall too! Poor wife and kids (if he has them – I must Google him!) x

  • Gappy February 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Well if you’re going to Canada, I’m coming too. Sans teenager.

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

      It’s definitely a plan 🙂

  • Naomi Richards February 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I am quite happy to have my feet on the ground thank you. As for Canada I love the country and would live there any day. Some people really love the challenge – my challenge is the business and the home life.

    • Dulwich Divorcee February 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I’ve never been to Canada, not cut out for the cold bits but people say the rest is wonderful ….. yes, I agree with you, normal life is definitely enough of a challenge for me. Hope your book is selling well!