One of the things that my husband and I usually miss out on is experiencing life through a child’s eyes. This is the consequence of not having children and not usually being around children. While there are many great reasons not to have children and we have no regrets about that decision, there are times when it’s nice to borrow the perspective of someone else’s child.
Having been to Rock City only for the birds of prey show (which is FABULOUS), it was cool that a visit from some friends who have a 4 year old gave us the opportunity to revisit the place.
We discovered a lot of things we’d missed the first time. Because that little guy had more energy than I’ve had in a long, long time, making sure we pointed out every possible source of amusement became our passion. This forced us to notice everything.
For one thing, there is a “Fat Man’s Squeeze.” Granted, there are many places in the world with a “Fat Man’s Squeeze,” but watching a four year old creep his way through the tight quarters made this one extra special.
We also noticed the waterfall in a whole new way. We’d never noticed you could see it from the road. With a four year old in the back seat, we quickly discovered a whole new view. He was so excited that we were going that waterfall! I had to pause and take a new look at how spectacular it really is.
Then there was the rock climbing wall. Our four year old friend wasn’t big enough to climb, but he sure was excited by his mom’s decision to climb! We hung around cheering for the other climbers while we waited for his mom’s turn. I like wall climbing, but I was feeling too hot and sticky to want to attempt it myself. As a spectator, I found myself watching novice wall climbers and not just clapping politely for them but really feeling the need for them to make it to the top. It was pretty inspiring to watch. Albeit, our four year old friend lost interest about the time his mom made it to the top, but we were fascinated to stay and watch a young girl climb.
Finally, of course, we went to the birds of prey show. I shot with a wide angle lens trying to include the audience because I wanted to capture the four year old’s reactions. I admit I was a little disappointed that he often seemed more interested in the gravel under his feet than the birds, but every once in a while he’d look up with curiosity and even a hint of amazement. But maybe you have to be an adult to realize how special it is to be that close to a bird of prey?
All in all, going to Rock City with a kid made the place feel like a brand new adventure. Now I can’t wait to go again!