Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Heights Anyone?

Lineman sent me these pictures yesterday morning. There is something about watching a lineman climb a pole. It just seems so foreign. So unnatural. So unnerving. So frightening, yet so thrilling. Linemen are different than most people. They can be more than 100 feet in the air with up to 100 pounds of equipment and tools on their body all supported on a two inch piece of steel jabbed into the pole. Comforting? I don't think so. But this is their way of life, they become accustom to it. It becomes natural. Fear is taken away when the job must be completed... and completed safely. As my middle boy and I looked at the pictures that Lineman had e-mailed over to us, I noticed a look on our boys face. That look. It was unmistakable. It was a thrill in his eyes. He caught me looking at him and he grinned. That is when he said it for at least the hundredth time... "I want to be a lineman when I grow up, just like dad".

I believe him too. Later that day we were outside while I stained the fence. I look over and he had found a way to climb to the top of a shed out back.
He walked around up there for about 20 minutes.
Afraid of heights? I don't think so.
A thrill seeker? Probably.
Cut out to be a lineman? Definitely

11 comments:

carrielt said...

YIKES!!!!

You poor woman. Kids climbing on roofs! At least it wasn't the little one!

How's your bruise? Mine is getting bigger and darker.

Wrena said...

I am laughing for some reason! Great pictures!

The J's said...

I loved climbing on the roofs all the time when we were kids. It doesn't really bother me when my kids do it either, but I can't handle it myself anymore. we had a shed about that size that the kids climbed up on, then jumped off to the trampoline on....

Loved the pix, I see he's even practicing with his pack on his back :*)

J K L M N O P said...

I do read you blog and chuckle - been there done that!! and somehow we mom's do survive - even the looks from the ER drs - wondering if we're abusing our kids!! LOL!

Anonymous said...

There isn't anything about being a lineman to be afraid of but there are two things that you gotta remember and live by if you wanna do this work.....

#1. Gravity stinks

#2. It ain't the fall, it is the sudden stop that will get you everytime.

lineman-

judi in pa said...

Too funny, Lineman...you made me laugh...out loud! Neat shots to share.

Anonymous said...

How cute....and to even have taken his backpack with him. This is one prepared young man!! Linda

Carin said...

Hi Judi in PA, yeah, Lineman thinks he's a funny guy (okay we do too). Glad to hear the pencil crop is doing good over there. I wasn't sure if everyone got what my middle boy was thinking. Maybe they should spell it Pencilvania.

ourtinydot said...

I like your pictures, and the way you told the story. Your boy may be cut out to follow in his lineman daddy's footsteps, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that I could never have been a lineman's wife or mom and lived to tell the tale. My hat's off to you...

Anonymous said...

Oh me, oh my....That middle boy is a fearless rascal. Hang on missy, you are in for a ride with that boy! Loved this blog entry! M-B

Anonymous said...

gET THAT KID OFF THE ROOF BEFORE HE KILLS HIMSELF!!!!!!Nervous Granny in Ulm