I love finding random writing prompts online to spark an idea for a post. Invariably a vivid memory will immediately pop into my head. I try to always write about the first thought that pops to mind, instead of thinking it through and second guessing myself.
Today, I found the writing prompt “I had the worst feeling of impending doom when….” (from Bloggy Moms), and the first memory that popped to mind was when I was in sixth grade on a roller skating outing.
My brother and I were roller skating through a hilly path near our home, having a grand old time.
I was skating in front of my brother. At one point, he yelled, “SLOW DOWN AND STOP, the hill coming up is too steep to skate, we won’t be able to stop!!!!”
To which I replied, “Its fine”. To which he replied, “Seriously, its way to steep, stop!”.
To which I replied, as I was going down said hill way too fast, “I don’t know how I’m going to stop!! What should I do??” It was really, really scary……
I careened off into the bushes, and endured a deep cut in my right calf. There was lots of blood and gore.
Looking back, I should have gotten stitches, but at the time it did not seem necessary.
I think this scene popped into my head first because when you’re looking down a hill where you cannot see the bottom, AND you’re on roller skates where you’re not familiar with the braking system, you do not know how the story is going to end, and that, I can tell you, is incredibly frightening.
You kind of HAVE to veer off course to change your path, or the ending is probably not going to be a good one.
Yes, I have a scar on my right calf to remember that “feeling of impending doom”.