# Bounce-a-magoolah

With the following equation in mind, I took the children to Bounce-a-palooza, or as Erma called it, Bounce-a-magoolah:

I was never that great with math, so I forgot to account for the other side of the bouncy house equation:

After Erma got stuck in an obstacle course that turned out to be too challenging for a first-week kindergartner, she started screaming, “HELP ME, MOMMY! GET ME OUUUUUUT!”

It was a tough Mom moment. I wish I could say it was tough because I was heartbroken for her panic and fear, but the truth is, it was tough because I could sense that everybody was looking at us and that there was a big, flashing sign above my head, telling everybody at Bounce-a-magoolah that I am the worst Mom ever.

Eventually, I talked some pre-teen boys into helping her out. “I kind of felt like a superhero when I did that,” one boy said to the other after the deed was done.

“You are TOTALLY superheroes,” I told them sincerely. Totally, absolutely, magnificently superheroes.

“Mom?” Erma said, tugging on my shirt, fresh from the ordeal of being trapped on the bouncy thing. “Can I go on that one again?”

Bouncing Like the Batman

### 9 Responses to Bounce-a-magoolah

1. Looks like some seriously good training for the Olympics!

• Sidrah fell asleep pretty easily! Yay!

2. Bouncing is fun!

• Bouncing is tiring. I love it. Also, I kind of wish I was allowed to bounce.

3. I think they should have a special session for the adults, like they used to do at the roller skating rink when all the kids had to clear off and let the grown-ups go round on their own!

• Yes. And they need to build the bouncy houses stronger, too. Weight and height limits be damned!

4. roseleaf

Love that you enlisted superheroes to help you! We don’t give boys that age enough credit, I think. E was entertained for the better part of a picnic yesterday by a 7th grade boy, who was having a great time playing with an almost-three-year-old. Where does the time go! Erma is in kindergarten!

• I sure miss hearing all your updates! I want a total catch up on what’s going on in your life. I wish I could remember or care to figure out my LJ pw.

And I agree — boys that age really do not get enough credit! They jumped in and helped before I even had to start asking strangers to rescue my daughter.

5. 1) You are making new words for Webster. 2) I had a skirt just like that that I wore to the roller rink in 1987, so tell her that her wardrobe has many options.