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November 24, 2009 | 2,187 views | 4 comments

Peering down from the edge or as near to the edge of the cliff as I dare, I could see the mattress lying in the dirt. The mattress may break your fall, but anyone falling from such a height would surely die.

The massive tree limb stretched out over the ledge. I wondered who would have been so brave as to have climbed to such heights just to tie that rope to the limb.

Jimmy reached out and snagged the hanging rope with a stick as I held on to him tightly to his shirt.

“Swing out,” Jimmy said, “Swing! Don’t be afraid!”

But I was afraid.

“You do it first Jimmy, let me see you do it.”

And sure enough Jimmy put the rope between his legs, set on the knot and before I could stop him, he was swinging out over Tarzan Hill.

Oh my God, I thought as Jimmy twirled in circles high above the ground. As he swung back to the edge I grabbed Jimmy’s leg and held on. I feared I’d be pulled off of the cliff as the momentum was beginning to take Jimmy back over the cliff, when Jimmy’s other foot slid to a stop at the edge of the cliff as he shouted,

“Pull me in, pull me in!”

I took my turn and flew through the sky. Eventually Jimmy and me swung on that rope enough to lose its thrill and returned to swing only occasionally.

Years later my sons and I went back to Tarzan Hill. I wanted to show my teenagers just how brave I had been. Houses had been constructed in the area. The only chance of seeing Tarzan Hill was from the bottom where the mattress reminisces lay. I look straight up where I expected to see the high soaring birds and clouds and pick out that limb from which the rope had once hung when I was six years old.

And from there, standing at the bottom of the cliff I reached up and grasped the limb on which I used to swing. My boys laughed and I smiled thinking how that limb compared with the rest of my life.
 
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Judy Edgington  
January 24, 2010 8:28pm
 
Are you sure Tarzan hill was that small? I remember that and the big pipe we used to get in and roll as being really, really big.

 
What the....?  
Disillusion, TX  
December 16, 2009 9:33am
 
"I smiled thinking how that limb compared with the rest of my life." That's why we don't let 6 yr olds vote.

 
Lois Wauson  
Floresville, TX  
December 16, 2009 9:14am
 
I love your blog! Keep it up! Good writing!

 
SMCB  
La Vernia  
November 24, 2009 8:13pm
 
Awwwww! Love it!

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