Have you ever seen anyone high on a substance and enjoying that high intensely? I have. I have seen many an adult artificially boost their confidence and find amazing resources of energy. They run around unsure where to go next laughing and moving in crazy ways. It's been a while since I have seen adults in this state since I am not out and about in social settings anymore, but today, I saw a glimpse into this behavior again.
It's Labor Day holiday and my son has a lot of energy. He's been in a slow mode thanks to allergies so I wanted to motivate him to move more today and get some exercise. So, we went to Safari Nation for about 90 minutes.
The last time that I attended, I was helping his preschool class visit. I climbed into the jump houses right along with my son. It was great. This time, it's a crowded Saturday so I watched him run from house to house. Some of the kids lived in the ball house shooting balls at one another. I, personally, was hit by someone small several times. Others live to bounce as high as possible. My son lives for the slides. I must have seen him come down the slide over 100 times today.
As I stood between the jump houses, I watched over a hundred kids under the age of 10 run from house to house like mad men. They were sweating profusely. They were trying to run and look around at what everyone else was doing. They were laughing through their exhaustion. After ten minutes in this place, every child is full of confidence and energy. They looked just like those drunk fools I would see in those social settings from my earlier days.
We live 3 miles from the Safari Nation, that means a 8-minute car ride. Before I could get halfway home, my son was fast asleep in the back seat. Yes, there are germs everywhere. Some people fear the jump parks for the fear of germs. We don't come every week, just a few to make it special. In the end, it's all about helping him work out his energy and have a great time.