Thursday, October 8, 2009

Crazy. It's the new Normal.

Every time a friend asks me how I'm doing lately, I find that my answer is "Crazy". There's just no other way to describe my life lately, and I seem to be settling into crazy as the norm these days.

A few years before I had kids, I went skydiving for the first time. It's something I had always wanted to do, but I made a point to do it before I had kids. You know. In case I died. So I didn't leave my kids without a Mom because I wanted to experience the thrill of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

Which brings me to the not so perfectly good airplane. I wanted to go skydiving on the coast. If I was going to die, I wanted to go down while enjoying a beautiful view of the ocean. After signing my life away and prepping for my tandem skydive, I waited in the hanger with my husband and his best friend Scott, who is a pilot. When the plane arrived, Scott comforted me by telling me that I was probably safer jumping out of that particular plane, than I would be staying in it for the landing. So I had that going for me. Which was nice.

While I was skydiving along the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, which by the way was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life and I'd do it again in a heartbeat, my husband and Scott were waiting for the van to take them over to meet me at the landing spot. Apparently, it was a fire drill for them when the time came to scramble into the old van and race down the dirt road to get to the spot before I landed. Along the way, the guys heard a huge BOOM that they literally thought was me landing on the roof of the van. They sat in silence for a moment. Then the driver simply said, "Normal", and the ride went on with no questions asked.

So, whenever I think things can't get any crazier in my life, and then they do, I think of this little story. Because the crazy is just plain normal. And the ride keeps on going. No questions asked.

13 comments:

Christy said...

Wow Kari, I am impressed! I can't believe you jumped out of an airplane! That kind of thing simply does not appeal to me at all. Not one little bit. But I am in awe of people who can do those things!

And I hope your crazy load lightens up a bit...at least it's Friday and hopefully your weekend is less chaotic than your week? Big hug! Miss you!

Issas Crazy World said...

I may be speechless my friend. YOU JUMPED OUT OF A PLANE?????

MG @ MommyGeekology said...

Um, WHAT? I can't believe that YOU, adorable little YOU, jumped out of a plane. Shit.

It's a whole different world out there now. Crazy IS the new normal.

Headless Mom said...

God, I know how you feel.

An airplane? That's just wrong.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

If I had a bucket list - jumping out of a plane would definitely NOT be on it. I'm a fraidy cat. And I hate the sensation of falling (no roller coasters for me). And I'm a Taurus and fully embrace my zodialogical (it's a word - right?) leanings.

I am Janeen... said...

Girl, you have way more guts than i do!

bernthis said...

you jumped out of a plane? It's official You are sooooo NOT Jewish

Maura said...

I've always wanted to skydive, too. Not sure why I've never done it. Congrats on going for it.

Sorry that things are so crazy right now.

Zip n Tizzy said...

I used to want to sky dive too, but lost the desire even before having kids. Good for you for doing it!

Hope the normal gets less crazy.

staceyd said...

Normal is crazy. I love it.

I've sky-dived as well. Strapped to a 200lb marine. It was awesome!!

anymommy said...

Gah, that was me!

Andrea's Sweet Life said...

I love this story! I've finally started to embrace that crazy IS my new normal, and have found that I'm able to handle things a little better with that attitude.

2 Brits, 2 Yanks, 2 Dogs said...

You know why I've been off the grid and not commenting lately - my life has been CRAZY!

 

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